The blend is 40% Cab, 40% Merlot, 15% Syrah and 5% Cab Franc. Supple, juicy, firm and generous all at once, it mixes ripe, plush berries with spicy tannins. Big yet impeccably balanced, despite the mish-mash blending it holds down a firm focus, anchored by exceptional fruit.
The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 11% Syrah and a splash of Cab Franc. This is nicely sculpted, with the typical plush midpalate, matching crisp red berries to butterfat. The fruit is sleek and has an underpinning of mineral and accents of fennel. Though the alcohol tops out at a hefty 14.7%, the fruit can handle it.
An emerging trend in Washington is to spice up the standard Bordeaux Cab-Merlot mix with a splash of Syrah; in this instance, 6%. The wine is dark and smoky, yet taut and nervy rather than jammy. Clean fruit and well-managed oak contribute to a lovely, balanced, lively and textured red blend.