The XY Reserve from Stevens is the best of an outstanding lineup of cellar-worthy, Yakima Valley red wines. Both elegant and powerful, it opens with a well-finessed bouquet of funk, fruit and flowers. The mid-palate brings compact black fruits, beautifully-structured with firm acids and fine tannins. This may be decanted and enjoyed immediately, or cellared indefinitely.
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.