Our 2012 Pinot noir is elegant, possessing a floral and subtle berry aroma, silky and luscious mouth feel, a fruit forward taste, long finish and a lighter ruby-red color. Both by design and consistent with many Oregon Pinot noirs, alcohol content is relatively low at 13.5% by volume. Our Pinot noir was barrel fermented for 16 months in older French oak barrels then blended at 10% with wine barreled in new oak. This wine is drinking well now, and we expect it will age well in the cellar, too. (written in April, 2016)
Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Beautifully perfumed with scents of cherry, sous-bois, spice and sandalwood. Elegant, caressing and comfortable in style, with good depth of cherry, raspberry and strawberry fruit flavors augmented with a riff of savory earthiness. Easy to like, with fine tannins and a satisfying fullness on the finish. The cherry fruit sticks to the finish like glue. Don’t be dissuaded by the delicate color of this wine, as it has a pleasing melange of broad flavors. This bottling is reminiscent of The Eyrie Dundee Hills Pinot noirs in style and character.
90 points – Wine Enthusiast (February 2015)
“Strawberries and raspberries, tart and spicy, anchor an elegant and interesting young wine. The finish continues clean and well-defined. Don’t look for a blockbuster style; rather it’s more delicate and refined.”