A more focused River's Red than in recent vintages, the 2009 clicks on all cylinders. Initially it strikes you as a pleasantly fruity and forward blend, but in fact it's 74% Cabernet from a mix of A-level vineyards. It plays out well across a full midpalate, with mixed berries, cherries, hints of forest, earth, toast, juicy acids, fine-grained tannins and a lick of mocha in the finish.
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.