Hogue's Reserve Cabernet is tight and nicely structured, with aromas of black fruits, barrel toast and tar. It's tough and chewy, herbal and tight, and should be decanted so it can stretch out a bit before being drunk. With the extra airtime you'll get more black cherry, currant and smoke, and the green tannins subside.
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.