It's always fun to open dusty bottles pulled from the back shelves of wine shops. Such is the case with the 2000 Foris Fly-Over Red from the Rogue Valley of Oregon. This is a traditional claret blend of 53% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc. Who says Oregon is all about Pinot Noir? The name comes from the fact that many visitors from California skip over this region en route to the more well-known Oregon Pinot producers.
It's got a bit of coffee, some leather, and deep plum aromas. Plum flavors continue on the palate, and the tannins have all but disappeared with time. I tried it fresh, though it was much more approachable after an hour in the decanter. There's a slight ashy quality, and I would have liked to have tried this two or three years ago for comparison.
I served it with a steak, roast sweet potatoes, and steamed asparagus.
Sorry for the quality of the photo; from this angle you can't see the Foris for the trees.