Most Washington Cab-Merlots are low-end wines, but in this case it is a true reserve, though not labeled as such. Bordeaux-like structure, tight and herbal and young. I suspect it will age very well, as a recent taste of the winery's stellar 1991 Reserve demonstrated. Here the tannins are nicely managed; the hint of oak is just right.
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.