From a near-perfect vintage, this is a sleek, stylish, refined Cabernet. It is less forward and broadly fruity than past Reiningers, but showcases the strengths of the vintage—grip, elegance, detail, and balance. There is plenty of fruit – black cherry and cassis – with layers of smoke, anise, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Still quite tight and young, this is a wine to cellar and enjoy for a decade or more.
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.