The Cabernet comes from 40-year-old vines at Champoux and Sagemoor, with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Syrah in the blend. Black cherry, cassis, iron and graphite combine in a sturdy, authoritative, powerful midpalate. Licorice and espresso flavors streak through the lengthy finish. This is quite tight and compact, and will require decanting if drunk young, and lengthy cellaring—20 years or longer—to reach its full potential.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.