What's not to like? This is just flat-out delicious, dark and spicy with a strong streak of mint and menthol. The fruit is tight, true and tangy, showing a taut mix of berry, cassis and plum. It's hard to believe that Chuck Reininger doesn't slap a “Reserve” label on this and double the price.
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.