WS 92 WE 92 IWC 90 W&S 90 Pts - According to Wine Spectator - 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.
According to Wine Enthusiast - This is an impressive effort, especially considering it is the winery’s mass-production cuvée. 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. Cellar Selection!
According to International Wine Cellar - 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.
According to Wine & Spirits - A compact and high-toned red, this leads with scents of maraschino cherry and forest floor. A day goes by and a compelling balsamic note emerges, the wine’s texture as much about energy as it is about fruit. Give this time to let the flavors integrate, then serve with roast squab.
According to Wine Advocate - 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.