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
Bottle Size750 ml
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