2014 Penner-Ash "Estate Vineyard" Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir

SKU #1281219 93 points Vinous

 Ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, cherry cola, candied licorice and mocha take on a suave floral element in the glass. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering intense dark berry and violet pastille flavors sweetened by a building note of vanilla. The cola and vanilla notes come back steadily on a very long, penetrating finish that's framed and given grip by smooth, harmonious tannins. For a rich wine, there's quite good energy here. (JR)  (10/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Directly adjoining the famed Shea Vineyard, these grapes bring comparable quality. This is young, grapy and aromatic, with primary aromas focused on black-cherry fruit. There are streaks of licorice and cola, leading into a long, lemony, tobacco-laced finish.  (12/2016)

91 points James Suckling

 A lightly chewy red with cedar, walnut and berry character. Soft and caressing on the palate. Medium to full body. Lightly candied finish. Drink now.  (11/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard is completely destemmed. I found the aromatics to be missing a little complexity: straightforward red berry fruit mixed with light mossy aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with dark berry fruit mixed with black peppercorns, flinty notes and sage. Here the wine finally delivers the terroir expression with commendable delineation on the tart cherry and balsamic finish. Not bad at all, and it shows more gumption and breeding than the 2012 Estate Vineyard. We moved on to discuss the 2014 growing season. "It started off with great set because the weather was fine. We decided to let the vines hang a bit heavier and adjust the crop at a later date. We were at 4.5 tons per acre and then thinned out after véraison until we were at about three-tons per acre in order to keep the alcohol under control. We started around the 24 September and picked through October. We did a lot of saignée (10%) as the clusters were larger than predicted in order to get a better skin to juice ratio. There is real purity and focus in the wines." Generally, I found the 2014s to be a solid set of releases, even if they do not quite deliver the riveting quality of Oregon’s best. There was something maybe just a little "safe" about these wines, though the Zena Crown and Shea Vineyard provided Penner-Ash with some absolutely gorgeous fruit that has been translated into bottle. (NM)  (6/2016)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1