Cristom's 2003 reserve is a blend of grapes from nine different vineyards. Supple and concentrated, it beautifully mixes raspberry, blackberry and cherry flavors with hints of earth and chewy, tea-leaf tannins. Excellent grip, weight and length; slowly but surely some pretty mocha flavors suffuse 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.