Vinous 90 points - Vivid ruby. Smoky cherry and blackberry aromas are lifted by a peppery nuance and a hint of fresh rose. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet dark fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate, with juicy acidity adding lift. The peppery note comes back on the subtly tannic, clinging finish, adding bite and refreshing cut.
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - This is an impressive effort, especially considering it is the winery’s mass-production cuvee. All in proportion, it’s built upon an acid/mineral base, with tangy, just-ripe berry fruit. It feels quite delicate, yet has the persistence and structure of a more substantial wine. Aged for 10 months in one-quarter new French oak, it’s worth tucking a few bottles away for a long-term look.
Wine Spectator 92 points - Taut, tart and surprisingly generous, blooming with juicy, cranberry-accented blackberry, cherry and spice flavors that linger easily on the sharp-edged finish. Best from 2016 through 2020. 15,221 cases made.
The Willamette Valley 2012 Pinot Noir, which includes 6% contracted fruit, has a straightforward, quite overtly floral bouquet with blueberry and blackberry scents. The palate is medium-bodied, easygoing and nicely balanced, clean and fresh with a pointed, tart cherry finish. This is a perfectly decent introduction to Oregon Pinot Noir. (Feb 28 2015)