There is nothing shy about the 2006 Judith's Reserve—at 15.4% alcohol it makes a bold statement about scale. But it delivers the flavors that many consumers seek—penetrating and lingering raspberry and cherry fruit, accented and defined by a pungent streak of mint and herb. The spicy aspect will thrill some and puzzle others, but it marks the estate-grown fruit as quite distinctive.
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.