This is designated as a reserve-level cuvée, and its dark fruit and overall ripeness confirm that ambition. A smoky, earthy component adds depth, and the tannins remain quite astringent. Blood orange and black raspberry flavors stand out at first but fade quickly on the palate. A subtler wine than the previous vintage.
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.