This edition of the reserve bottling, which has presumably spent five years en tirage, shows far less richness than in previous years. Tight and green, it is more like a young blanc de blancs, at least at the moment, with flavors of grapefruit and citrus. Yeasty and still scented with SO2 from bottling, it barely suggests the delicious flavors of roasted nuts and vanilla that may yet develop. Wait and see.
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.