For the reserve bottling, Chehalem has ramped up the alcohol still further, to 15.9%. Heavy with superripe fruit, the wine will appeal to those seeking the most intense, lush, full-bodied flavors. There is a sweetness suggesting marmalade and honey, and barrel fermentation has given it a hint of toast as well. This should hold steady for another year or two.
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.