Younger and more raw than the 2004 Reserve, this spent 30 months in barrel. The fruit is similar to the '04, with ripe plum, prune and cherry liqueur. The edges are not quite as smooth as '04, there is a slight impression of alcohol and a hint of roughness in the tannins. But overall this is a fine companion to the '04, with a finish that brings in earth flavors of soil, compost and forest floor.
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: email@example.com.