The reserve comes from many of the same vineyard sources as the budget Rock Island Red, and quite honestly, doesn't taste all that different. It got a bit more barrel time in a bit more new oak, but from a fruit standpoint it's not any bigger or more interesting. Elegant and pleasant, it's well made but not really up to its reserve moniker.
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.