A Bordeaux-style red blend (with some outlier Syrah) grown in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington State and raised in a mix of French, American, and Hungarian oak. The cuvée is 44 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 33 percent Merlot, 16 percent Syrah, 3 percent Cabernet Franc, and 4 percent Malbec. The wood influences are evident but not dominant, and these plus the wine’s acidity suggest it has the spine for aging. The wine has a scent of cranberry, juniper, and mint, and the body is red-fruited but with a wintergreen clarity. Powdery tannins, a catch of black pepper, and a graphite finish round out the experience. I admire its restraint and freshness.
13.5% | $27 (sample)