This wine is a true representation of the northern Willamette valley as all 8 pinot sites I work with end up in this bottling, from south of Salem to north Yamhill County. It would be arrogant of me to think I could predict which fruit will turn into the best wine so I treat all with equal diligence. I think this approach makes this bottling different but on par with our vineyard designates – it is more affordable because we make a lot more of it, but it gets the same care and handling as the rest of the wines. It has most everything a wine should have, fruit, acid, tannin, sweetness all in harmony and balance. When delicious is the first word that comes to mind, I smile, bow my head and say thank you and know that I have done my job well.
tasting notes - This wine has a beautiful balance of raspberry fruit profile with warm spice, black tea and a delicate cocoa. The fruit on the palate is juicy but if you lean in there is a quiet brooding character to this wine that still has a lot yet to give. The Acid holds the fruit in check and the tannins keep the gentle momentum into a long finish. In a word, ‘delicious’.
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scores - 94 points - Washington Wine Blog 94 points - International Wine Report 94 points - Wine & Spirits 93 points - James Suckling 91 points - The Pinotfile - Prince of Pinot 91 points - Wine Spectator 92 points - Purely Domestic Wine Report