The extra time in bottle hasn't hurt this reserve bottling, but it doesn't seem to have added much either. It is a bit more concentrated than the 2004 regular Cabernet, otherwise quite similar in character, and a bit monolithic. The tannins still retain some coarseness, and there are no leavening nuances of new oak. The fruit, ripened from a single site, strikes its single note well.
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.