2016 Gran Moraine Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir

SKU #1404465 95 points James Suckling

 A super rich pinot with so many attractive fruit aromas and flavors, as well as deeply plush and fluid tannins that carry ripe black-cherry flavors long into a convincingly deep finish. Drink or hold.  (11/2018)

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By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/28/2019 | Send Email
This Oregon wine has a great balance of earthiness and fruit characteristics. Blackberries stand out nicely and are matched by herbal tones, tobacco leaf, and a wisp of smoke. The palate has gentle acid and a great level of tannins providing a solid structure. This Pinot is savory, restrained, and poised. 95 points James Suckling

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
I love the perfume on this wine. There is no mistaking that this is gorgeous Oregon Pinot Noir. Plush and feminine, it has a captivating elegance. Softer acidity and mild tannin structure make this an absolute pleasure to drink. For me, the fruit expression is all pristine strawberry. It feels like walking through a strawberry patch on a clear, blue day. What a lovely, pretty and incredibly enjoyable Pinot Noir.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2019 | Send Email
Beautifully polished, pure, exotic Pinot Noir. This really encapsulates the seductive, aromatic, silky side of the varietal. Perfectly ripe forest berries, cherry compote, Asian spice, mole and subtle vanilla. Its not sweet but the fruit is lush and bright. The oak is well judged and frames the primary fruit well. There's plenty of structure underneath all the layers to make sure this doesn't burn out after it's first few years. A really well made wine in a precise but expressive style.

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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.


- 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.