This reserve, first introduced in 1986, is a blend of best barrels from best lots. Nicely blended into a seamless whole by winemaker Dave Paige, it opens with smoke, red licorice, and plump red and black fruits. It rounds out and brings a smile to the palate, with rather open, forward, fruit-driven flavors; persistent, with ripe, polished tannins and some cinnamon spice.
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.