The Nicholas reserve sees 40% new French oak yet isn't at all oaky. Rather, it's fruit-powered, smooth and supple. Blue plum and black cherry come with pastry spices and a dash of sassafras.
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.