This cuvée, also a blend of nine vineyards, is just slightly less rich and ripe and seductive than the lineup-leading reserve. There's a ton of varietally pure, very pretty cherry scents and fruit flavors; then more meaty elements—blood and earth, tea and tannin—start to show through. Wild raspberries fill out the finish.
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.