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2015 Gran Moraine Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir (Elsewhere $40+)

SKU #1380510 91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Aromas of exotic spices, raspberries, black pepper and hints of vanilla. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a clear finish. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Medium ruby-purple colored, 2015 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton delivers a lot of red berry/raspberry expression with underlying menthol, dried herbs and tree bark notes. Medium-bodied, the palate offers a great concentration of juicy red fruit flavors with a solid backbone of grainy tannins and great freshness, finishing long. (LPB) Inner quote mark (8/2017)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Lurid red. Oak-tinged raspberry, cherry and candied rose scents, along with cola and vanilla notes that build steadily with air. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering sweet cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors that firm up on the back half. The vanilla note carries through a long, spice-tinged finish given shape by supple, harmonious tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Sleek and vibrant, with rose petal and cherry aromas and layered, lively raspberry, stony mineral and spice flavors. (TF) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "The climate of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA combined with the sedimentary-based soils of our growing sites produces wines with nuanced fruit and earth characters driven by ageable tannins that are structured yet elegant. The fruit is picked at a point thought to best express the profoundness of both the site and the vintage. At the winery, the fruit is held overnight in our forced air cold room to chill at 42 degrees F before being carefully hand-sorted and gravity fed into open top tanks. 20% of the fruit is left intact for whole cluster fermentation. The remaining fruit is meticulously destemmed being sure to leave as many whole berries as possible. Depending on the vintage, block, and clone, the fruit is left for a cold maceration period of three to ten days. During fermentation, which usually last between two to four weeks, we use manual punchdowns as our primary method of cap management. At the end of alcoholic fermentation, the ‘free run’ is then separated from the press fraction and then racked to 228L barriques - about 41% new French oak, and slowly undergoes natural malo-lactic fermentation. Aromas of cranberry, boysenberry, rhubarb, leather, strawberry preserve. On the palate - racy pomegranate, spruce sap, huckleberry and tangelo up front; the finish rounds out with juniper berries and sandalwood mixed with cherry, milk chocolate and herbs de Provence."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2020 | Send Email
Grown in the oldest marine sedimentary soils in the Willamette Valley, the wines of Yamhill-Carlton have layers of minerality and complexity. Gran Moraine, whilst being a relatively young vineyard, is quickly becoming known as one of the finest sites in the AVA. Planted on prime mid-slope hillsides between 200 and 500ft of elevation, this is the perfect spot for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The fruit is pristine and handled with the utmost care, micro-vinification block by block in small, individual, open fermenters. Long cold soaks bring soaring aromatics to the wine of rose petal, raspberry puree, baking spice and sassafras. The palate is velvet smooth from the wines long maturation in top quality French oak. The finish long and bright, typical of Oregon's perfect moderate climate for Pinot Noir. This wine is beautifully polished and pure; there's plenty of fruit for the wine to drink nicely on its own, but it's elegant enough to drink with food. Really hitting its stride with a few years in bottle but will continue to drink well for 5-8 years and maybe beyond. A winery direct deal in these unprecedented times allows us to offer this at more than 50% off it's typical retail price. Quantities are limited.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
This deeply colored wine is flashy but balanced and throws up a solid core of oak tinged raspberry cream, baking spices and dark berry fruit in a rich and seamless package. This is approachable and delicious.

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