Despite the reserve designation, this is a forward, fruity, quaffable red blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. There's plenty of toast and spice up front, along with somewhat chalky, chocolatey tannins. The finish fades quickly.
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.