The Reserve yields a concentrated hue, with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, fresh mushroom and wood spice. The palate lends itself to a more serious tone—a fuller, more structured texture with darker, deeper flavors of kirsch, baked red plum, vanilla bean, and freshly-grated nutmeg. A regal wine with a broad, expansive mouthfeel and a pleasantly long, soft finish. An excellent wine, and one built to last.
96 Points – PinotFile “Fruit sourced from three blocks that revealed themselves to be special and distinct. Moderate garnet color in the glass. A totally different wine from the regular Willamette Valley bottling. Darker fruited in a mid weight style with aromas and flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and black raspberry framed by a touch more oak. Compared to the regular Dundee Hills bottling, there was more extraction, a little more tannic backbone, and a longer, deeply aromatic finish. A luscious texture really enhanced the pleasure. Even better when tasted several hours after opening.”
The 2016 growing season was nearly ideal, resulting in exceptional quality fruit of depth, power, brightness and finesse. We produced this Reserve Pinot Noir, our second, with grapes from four dispersed vineyard blocks offering darker fruit aroma and flavors – cherry, plum, even a hint of blackberry – combined with a subtle earthiness and spice, resulting in a wine of considerable richness, silkiness and complexity. The foundation of the 2016 Reserve is sourced from the 17-year old vines in Block 3, the “heart” of the northern of our two slopes, planted in French Dijon clone 667. It is livened with a blend of darker, deeply aromatic fruit from higher elevation Block 1, planted in 2006 with French Dijon clone 777, and also fruit from Block 6, planted in 2004, another 777 clone, and Block 8, a heritage Pommard clone planted in 2008, offering hints of dried mushroom, some spiciness and a velvety texture. The wine was aged 35% in new oak barrels for 16 months before bottling. This is a beautiful, deeply satisfying wine that will age well over 10-15 years.
The 2016 growing season was one of the earliest on record and the third of three consecutive warm growing seasons, pushing the envelope for defining the new normal in Oregon. Bud break was two to four weeks earlier than usual and a brief heat spell at bloom condensed flowering, resulting in a smaller fruit set and clusters. July and August had fewer heat spikes compared to the 2014 and 2015 vintages, which led to smaller berry size and a higher concentration of flavors, while consistent warmth in August shepherded along an early harvest commencing in late August and concluding in mid-September. The 2016 vintage produced ripe and rich fruit with supple tannins, typically strong natural acidity and great flavor intensity. 2016 was an exceptional vintage in Oregon.