This is only the third time the Chapter wine has been made since it debuted in 2002. It's a selection of the five or 10 best barrels—essentially the J. Bookwalter reserve. It is definitely the darkest and most muscular of the 2007's, and it builds upon thick tannins, liquorous oak and deep, rich, dark fruits. It's drinking well right now but should hold for up to a decade.
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.