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92 points Wine Spectator: "Lightly papery tannins underline the loamy earth-inflected cherry and spice flavors on a lovely, sleek and open-textured frame. Shows complexity and deftness, finishing long. Drink now through 2022." (2/2015) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Lively spice-tinged red berry scents show good focus but a touch of heat. Tangy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors and a hint of bitter orange pith that gains strength with air. The redcurrant note repeats on the rather rigid finish. (JR)" (8/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "A penetrating whiff of wintergreen is ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Mt Jefferson Cuvée Pinot Noir comes from vines located above the winery augmented by purchased fruit from notable vineyards. It contains around 40% whole-cluster fruit (one of the central tenets at Cristom), and only undergoes one racking during its 12 months in barrel: one just before filtration and then just before bottling. It has an attractive tertiary/woodland-scented bouquet with dried rose petal notes coming through, much less fruit driven than many other 2012 Pinot Noirs. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry. It is ...Read More »
Elegant and Burgundian in style, organically and dry-farmed, Evesham Wood's wines are simply gorgeous examples of Oregon Pinot. From the winery: "Very forward with plum, dark cherry, red cherry with a slightly sweet smokiness reminiscent of a toasted marshmallow. It will be fun to watch this wine evolve over the next five years."
93 points Wine Spectator: "*Ranked #45, Top 100 of 2015* Lithe and expressive, shading black cherry fruit with glints of mint, loamy earth and walnut. Fine tannins underline a long, dancing finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 1,711 cases made." (5/2015)92 points Antonio Galloni: "Ruby with a bright rim. Seductive aromas of ripe raspberry and mulberry, with powerful rose pastille and potpourri nuances adding complexity. Smooth, sweet and broad in the mouth, displaying liqueur-like intensity and depth but no excess weight to the concentrated red and dark berry flavors. Clings impressively on a very long, spice ...Read More »
Winemaker's Notes: "Destemmed in 1¼ ton lots, Jim’s light touch in the winery allows the intrinsic character of the wine to blossom. Passive temperature management ensures spontaneous fermentation proceeds and is monitored and guided by sensory analysis, gentle extraction techniques and low peak temperatures. Immediately upon reaching dryness, the lots are gently pressed in a half-ton wood bladder press and settle 2-4 weeks before being transferred to 5%-10% new French oak barrels for twenty months. They are only racked to prepare for bottling. Maresh Vi... Read More »
This is the same delicious Underwood Pinot Noir as the bottle, but in an easy-to-transport pop top can! No, it doesn't affect the taste--it's still packed with strawberry and pomegranate fruit, with the same supple texture, acidity and peppery spice and minerally finish. Perfect for summer sipping, for camping, boating, picnicking, beaching or rocking out at the Hollywood Bowl!
Ponzi's Tavola ("table" in Italian) Pinot Noir--is just that: wine for the table. It is a go-to food-friendly wine for weeknight dinners, and it won't disappoint on charm. Bonus: it's certified sustainable! From the winemaker: "This forward wine is filled with lush aromas of plum, black cherry, cola and caramel. The mouth follows suit with white pepper and mint notes intermingled with the sweet fruit mid palate leading to a finish of soft, but present tannins."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is matured 100% in oak for 11 months of which 20% is new. It is a little more backward on the nose compared to the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir '13, probably because it had only recently been bottled. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin that ensure this is very easy drinking. No hard edges here: smooth in the mouth with strawberry and raspberry coming through on the finish." (3/2015) K&L Notes: The Drouhin family were the first Burgundians to get a foothold in Oregon after the wine world noticed that great Pinot Noir was be... Read More »
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "This includes grapes from the winery’s Jerusalem Hill vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, in addition to the Dundee Hills sites, hence the more general Willamette Valley designation. It was aged in 65% new French oak for 16 months. It’s open and generous, offering bright berry, cherry and red currant fruit matched to defining acids, all set in a fine-tuned frame of new oak. Re-tasted 24 hours after being opened, it remained fresh, dense and satisfying." (8/2015)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve was picked from late summer after one of the driest on r ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Light and silky, bright with cherry, raspberry and cinnamon, coming together harmoniously against refined tannins on the expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2022. 8,000 cases made." (2/2015)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This bottling occupies the middle step between Ponzi’s Tavola and reserve-level Pinots. The exceptional 2012 vintage delivers a wine with unusual concentration for its price. It presents a refreshing mix of briary berry, mineral, hints of chive, pepper, chocolaty barrel notes and a suggestion of yeast, and is finished with fine-grain tannins." (2/2015)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby-r ...Read More »
93 points Antonio Galloni: "Bright ruby. Heady red and dark fruit liqueur, candied rose, allspice and woodsmoke scents show excellent clarity and a complicating hint of licorice. Palate-staining blackberry and spicecake flavors open nicely in the middle palate, picking up floral pastille and cola nuances and a hint of black tea. Rich and broad but energetic too, finishing with powerful spicy thrust and velvety tannins." (7/2014)93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Heady red and dark fruit liqueur, candied rose, allspice and woodsmoke scents show excellent clarity and a complicating hint of licorice. Palate ...Read More »
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This cuvée offers the pleasures of sweet, sappy red fruits, soft tannins and broad swaths of caramel, toasted hazelnuts and mocha. It coats the tongue with flavor and has a sort of insistence that the next sip will be even better." (8/2015)90 points Antonio Galloni: "Deep red. Fresh red berry and peppery spice aromas, with a floral nuance adding complexity. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors plus a hint of bitter chocolate. Nicely taut and spicy on the long, zesty finish, which features dusty tannins and a lingering ...Read More »
The Jezebel is a fruit-forward, early-drinking Pinot Noir, with the balanced acidity and bright fruit flavors that you would expect from Oregon Pinot. It is a blend of wine from vineyards in the Willamette Valley and from the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. The fruit is cropped around two to three tons per acre and fermented in small lots with a variety of yeasts that are chosen to bring out the fullest expression of the fruit. Most of the wine is aged in neutral French oak but a small portion is produced in stainless tanks, to create a wine that is... Read More »
91 points Wine & Spirits: "There’s a sumptuous oak character to this pinot, a blend drawn largely from Eola–Amity Hills sources including Zenith, Mark Vlossak’s estate vineyard. It takes a day for that nutty graham-cracker sweetness to recede, and when it does, some beautiful fruit is revealed, dark, concentrated and grippy. This needs a year in the cellar to knit." (10/2015) Antonio Galloni: "Vivid red. Fresh raspberry and candied rose aromas are complemented by suggestions of spicecake and musky herbs. Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering intense red fruit and peppery spice flavors that slowl ...Read More »
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According to the winemaker: "Always one of my favorite bottlings, this year's Eola Amity blend greets one with dense and pure black and red cherry and hints of cinnamon. Those cherry flavors follow through to the lively mid-palate where fresh herbs and plum flavors join, followed by a silky finish."
Growers Dick & Deirdre Shea were known for producing some of the finest Pinot Noir fruit in Oregon before they started their own winery in 1996. They still provide fruit to renowned producers such as Penner-Ash, Ken Wright, and St. Innocent, but Dick and Deirdre now keep about 25% of the fruit they grow for their own label. The 2012 Estate Pinot Noir is sourced from 13 blocks of their vineyard which includes Wädenswil, Pommard, and 3 different Dijon clonal selections. The wine was made with 6% whole clusters and aged in 48% new French oak. From the winer... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A new, lower-priced cuvée for DDO, this uses both estate and purchased grapes. Chocolaty, soft and fresh, it is a graceful wine with generous raspberry and cherry fruit. Moderate acidity leads into flavors that are elegant and bright, with a gentle, lingering finish. Let it breathe for at least an hour for best results." (4/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is matured 100% in oak for 11 months of which 20% is new. It is a little more backward on the nose compared to the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir '13, probably because it had only recently been bottl ...Read More »
Ryan Harms is the owner and winemaker at Union Wines, whose motto is "drink with your pinkies down." Union makes killer Oregon wines at different price points (Kings Road represents the middle tier) that showcase the terroir while providing extreme value for your buck. From the winemaker: "Our flagship Pinot is hard to beat. A combination of rich red fruit flavors with freshness and vibrancy unique to Pinot Noir grapes grown in our beloved Willamette Valley, this wine truly reflects the character of this region. We think the best vintage is pretty much r... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Estate includes about 5 percent stem addition and has a more complete bouquet with ripe blackcurrant, crushed strawberry and iodine scents that opens nicely with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannins, candied orange peel and white pepper infusing the red fruit with a subtle cola note on the finish. This has more to offer than the 2011 in the long run." (3/2015) K&L Notes: From the Winery; Our Winemaker's Selection Pinot noir is the ultimate food wine, this Pinot noir is a brilliant match for any fare. From traditional Northwest c... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The widely available Yamhill Cuvée is bright and polished, showing a tangy mix of cranberry and strawberry fruit. It’s built with precision, accenting the crisp fruit with streaks of lemon, orange and grapefruit." (2/2015) K&L Notes: The winery calls it the "little sister" to their Evenstad Reserve, but it often scores within a few points of that bottling. The 2010 earned accolades and a 90 point score in Wine Enthusiast.
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In 1971, Ginny and David Adelsheim purchased the 19 acres that would become Quarter Mile Lane Vineyard. They shared a dream with a handful of families that Oregon’s climate and land could one day produce serious wines. A home was built, vines planted, and in 1978, the first commercial wines were produced. Over four decades, Adelsheim Vineyard grew up with Oregon’s wine industry.
91 points Wine Spectator: "The aromas are ripe and rich, offering plum, currant and roasted potato notes as the flavors come together and finish with precision against firm tannins. Best from 2017 through 2022." (2/2015)90 points Wine & Spirits: "A vinous Pinot Noir, this is quiet and mildly tense, its scents of dried cherries carried on a sleek texture. It needs some cellar time and then something delicate to match, like arctic char." (8/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. Spice-accented red berry and floral pastille aromas show good clarity and a touch of succulent herbs. Silky and sweet on the palate, offering juicy ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Soft and appealing, with gentle blackberry and black plum flavors riding easily over polished tannins and lingering on the expressive finish. The tannins are well-integrated, the flavors persistent. Drink now through 2022. 3,338 cases made." (2/2015)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Spicy black raspberry and cherry pit on the nose, with notes of white pepper and allspice adding complexity. Juicy and focused, offering cherry and dark berry flavors with a touch of medicinal bitterness. Turns sweeter with air and shows very good clarity on the finish, which is firmed by dusty, fi ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Firm tannins surround a dark core of cherry, plum and dusky spices, coming together harmoniously with the texture as the finish persists elegantly. Has depth and distinction. Best from 2016 through 2022. 1,150 cases made." (2/2015)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve comes from the estate's oldest sites based on a hillside about eight miles from the winery, planted with vines in 1975 and 1978, intended to be a wine for cellaring. It was fermented after a five-day cold soak with a seven-day post-ferment skin maceration before aging in French oak barrels for 20 mont ...Read More »
91 points Wine & Spirits: "Light, fresh and lifted, this shows off the best aspects of the vintage. It’s a woodsy red with a dried-cherry scent, accented with a bit of leather. Its flavors are frisky and fresh, acids and tannins working together to forge plenty of movement and charm." (10/2015)90 points Wine Spectator: "Fresh and expressive, light-footed and generous, with cherry, plum and apricot flavors, coming together smoothly on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2019. 18,236 cases made." (9/2015)
91 points Antonio Galloni: "Brilliant red. Fresh red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of sassafras and candied rose, with a bright minerally element adding vivacity. Spicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors that take a sweeter turn with aeration. The mineral note repeats emphatically on the long, focused finish, with smooth tannins providing structural support. (JR)" (10/2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Pinot Noir aims to be a representation of the Willamette Valley, the fruit sourced from 12 vineyards. It has a pretty strawberry and red cherry-scented bouquet that is simple but nicely focused. The palate is quite pointed on the entry with tart red cherries and quite high acidity, fresh in the mouth, but needing a little more substance on the lightly spiced finish. (NM)" (3/2015)
According to the winery: "With blissfully plummy color, this wine puts its structure first in line. It produces a snoot-full of spicy cranberry, crushed stones, lilac and cherry. Punctuated with a vibrant palate of blueberry & mescal, generous with lush acidity and framed with oak. 30% whole cluster, aged 12 months in barrel."
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Appealing, expressive aromas of black raspberry, cherry compote and candied flowers are lifted by a hint of white pepper. Pliant red and dark berry flavors become sweeter with air, picking up spice and cola nuances. Shows very good energy and cut on the spicy finish, which is firmed by silky, harmonious tannins. (JR)" (8/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "Relatively light in structure, with fine tannins around a glowing core of cherry, cinnamon and cream flavors, persisting into a long, vivid finish. Best from 2016 through 2020." (2/2015)
Teutonic Pinot comes to us from a Riesling-crazed one-time restaurant wine buyer in Portland, Oregon, whose pursuit of Oregon terroir led him, naturally, to Pinot Noir as well as Mosel-inspired Rieslings. The lower alcohol levels and delicacy of the Teutonic style might remind one of Spätburgunder, come to think of it.
94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Though the 2013 vintage has generally been deemed a challenging one, this astonishing bottling proves that great wine can be made somewhere in almost any year. This warm and fruity, perfectly structured single-vineyard effort opens with a smooth and supple palate offering strawberry and cherry fruit, defining acidity and superb length. Give it a few hours to breathe and it shows depth, finesse and the ability to age and improve through 2025 and beyond." (10/2015)91 points Wine Spectator: "Lithe and expressive, focusing blackberry and cherry flavors into a narrow ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Soft and supple, plush in texture, this open-weave style offers blueberry, red plum and thyme notes, blossoming with gentle insistence. Drink now through 2023." (11/2015) K&L Notes: Willamette Valley appellation blend from a great year and a top Oregon Pinot producer; contains Gran Moraine, Zean Crown, Willakia, Roserock, Hyland, Upper Terrace, Saikkonen, and Guadalupe vineyards. From the winery: "A glowing medium ruby color. Redolent of Juicy strawberry and bright cherry fruit on the nose. Aromatic intrigue is heightened by the slight damp earth and warm spice compo... Read More »
94 points Wine Spectator: "Distinctly spicy and peppery, this is layered, complex and harmonious, with generous cherry and floral flavors on an open-weave frame. The tannins are well-submerged in the mix, and the finish echoes beautifully. Drink now through 2022. 1,096 cases made." (5/2015)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Adriane comes from five blocks in the vineyard and was harvested October 8-11 at just 1.25-tons per acre. Matured in 40% new oak, it has a gorgeous bouquet with vibrant black cherry and mulberry fruit interlaced with stony scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, ...Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe and supple, with a sense of elegance to the generous blueberry, plum and black tea flavors, coming together harmoniously against polished tannins. Drink now through 2022." (7/2015)91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Firm and flavorful, this brings well-ripened raspberry and black cherry fruit into focus. The wine spent 17 months in 60% new French oak, wrapping the fruit in layers of coffee, maple syrup and brown sugar. It’s tasty and substantial, best now through 2020." (8/2015)
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Brilliant ruby-red. Sexy, spice-tinged red and dark berry aromas pick up subtle smoke and floral pastille qualities with air. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a jolt of allspice. Silky tannins build on the finish, which lingers with excellent focus and length and insistent berry fruit character." (8/2014)92 points Wine Spectator: "Polished, sleek and almost plush, with refreshing balance to the apricot-accented black cherry and cinnamon flavors, lingering easily against velvety tannins. Drin ...Read More »
94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Highly perfumed, seductive bouquet of black raspberry, cherry-cola, incense and dried rose, with a slow-mounting mineral element. Lively but strikingly concentrated as well, offering incisive red fruit and floral pastille flavors underscored by intense spice and mineral qualities. Really stains the palate and finishes with superb clarity and juicy, spicy raspberry and cherry notes. Etzel told me that a tiny bit of stems were used in this year's wine." (8/2010)93 points Wine Spectator: "Light in color and body, this is deftly balanced to let the gorgeous raspberry, cherr ...Read More »
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Bright red berry and cherry aromas are complicated by dried rose and brown spices. Tangy, sharply focused red fruits on the palate, with slow-mounting spiciness and building power. Silky tannins add grip to the very long, seamless finish. This gained weight with air but maintained admirable vivacity and clarity." (5/2009)91 points Wine Spectator: "Light and open-textured, with pretty plum, raspberry and black pepper flavors on a sleek frame, lingering with precision. A cellar release from the producer. (Web-2014)" K&L Notes: The Beaux Frères Vineyard Pinot Noir is dark and sweet with... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir Weber Vineyard is a site owned by Jim Maresh's godmother. It sits a little lower than other vineyard sites, the vines planted in 1983 by Arthur Weber are entirely Pommard clone, which is Jim's favorite clone. Farmed by Andy Humphry, one of the prominent Dundee Hills vineyard managers, it was cropped around October 5 at 3 tons per acre. It was matured for about 20 months in used barrels. It offers a fragrant bouquet with ebullient red berry fruit, cumin and rosemary, hints of peppermint and wild fennel becoming accentuated with time. T ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Light and sleek, with pretty blackberry, raspberry and cinnamon aromas and flavors that glide easily against fine-grained tannins. This has intensity without much weight." (8/2015)
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Pinot Noir North Valley comes mainly from the Yamhill-Carlton district, fermented in open-top fermenters with 30% whole-cluster, raised in 16% new oak. It has a generous bouquet with small red cherries and pomegranate scents that are just a little muffled at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin: brambly red berry fruit interlaced with white pepper and clove, maintaining good depth toward the slightly dusty finish. Fine. (NM)" (3/2015)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid red. Fresh red and dark berry aromas are spiced up by white pepper and clove. On the pa ...Read More »