The winery is holding back the 2008 Reserve and releasing the 2009 ahead of it. From the original Pinot Noir plantings more than 40 years ago, this is a lighter, much more accessible reserve than any recent releases. Toasty and floral, it trips lightly across the palate, balanced and young. Raspberries, cranberries, cocoa, coconut, and lightly earthy tannins wrap up the flavors.
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.