The 2004 vintage was a rough ride in Washington, and Ste. Michelle generously shared a lot of fruit from their vineyards that escaped the freeze. One senses that Snoqualmie drew the short straw, as these 2004 reserve wines are well below the quality that this outstanding value producer has shown in the past. This is not reserve quality by any stretch of the imagination; it's light, watery and vegetal.
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.