Sourced from an eastern Oregon vineyard, XIX includes retired NFL great Keyshawn Johnson as one of the partners. Packaged in a massively heavy bottle, this pure Cabernet is well along the aging curve after spending 18 months in Hungarian oak and some years in bottle. It's tannic and toasty to the point of tasting charred, with pastry plum and raisin fruit flavors. It finishes quickly, with a streak of bell pepper.
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.