As usual, the Laurène reserve is a bit of a tough nut to crack, and needs extra breathing time. Here the cranberry-cherry fruit shows layering and depth, but it's so compact that it seems to quickly lead into a tart, tight, somewhat astringent finish. After some hours, a pleasing toasty character emerges, and experience would suggest that this is a wine to cellar for a decade or more.
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.