Impressive showing for this wine. Garnett in color, slightly flat. The nose is nice with black cherry fruit with some underlying earthiness. On the palate, this has a nice complexity with black cherry fruit. The finish is a bit short but otherwise a delicious wine. Still on the young side, this should continue to improve for the next five to eight years and drink for another ten to twelve after that. A nice wine to serve on Thanksgiving.
From the Burgundy producers now long established winery in Oregon. Purple in color with ruby swirls, mostly clear and bright. The nose is dusty with cherries. Medium bodied. On the palate, black cherries with some cherries and slight earthiness underneath. Nice finish. This is a solid drinking Pinot that is still young and will improve. Hold for another five years and drink for ten after that. Brown sugar, Mustard glazed ham would be a nice match.
Great showing for this 17 year old Pinot from Oregon. Tasted with a group, this was a love or hate it wine, and the issue was brett. Garnett in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has cherries, sour cherries and barnyard. Lush texture. On the palate, there is plenty of depth. Light tannins. This tastes young and kept opening in the glass. Cherries and black cherries. Long finish. Drink over the next ten to twelve years. This will work well Beef Wellington.
This is from the famed Burgundy producer's Oregon outpost. This seems to be more full throttle than prior vintages but will no doubt calm down with some age. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has fresh cherries, black cherries and slight pomegranate. There is also a bit of spice and a hint of tea. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, this has a lot of cherries, some black cherries with a hint of underlying forest floor. Delicious. Light tannins. This needs another three to five years to get closer to peak, and should drink well for ten to fifteen more after tha
This is a 100% Pinot Noir from Oregon. Lightly colored ruby, clear and bright. The nose has a friendly cherry candy quality. Light to medium bodied. On the palate, cherries, and tart red berries with a slightly bitter note on the finish. Light tannins. This is an easy drinking Pinot Noir that would be a nice choice for parties. Drink on its own or with lighter foods over the next few years.
An excellent take on Gruner but very distinct. Light golden in color. The nose has lots of minerality with slight granny smith apples and maybe a hint of lime. Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture. On the palate, the minerality comes thru with a touch of lime. Long finish. This should be consumed over the next three to five years. It drinks well on its own and will work well with lighter foods.
At age 10, this is drinking great. Deep ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, slight sour cherries, and spice. Medium bodied. This seems to be closing in on maturity. Nice cherry fruit with a bit of underlying earth and slight char. Nice acidity. Long finish. There is a nice complexity to this wine but it is also delicious. It is nice on its own but even better with food. Salmon would be a nice choice.
From the idiosyncratic wine maker John Thomas. While 2008 is considered a great vintage in the Willamette Valley, it was ripe and not really up John's wheelhouse, yet, he adapted and made a wine consistent with his style and taking what the vintage offered. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with cherries, slight Kirsch and just a hint of spice. Medium to full bodied. On the palate, big cherry fruit with underlying spice. 13.5% abv. There are also firm tannins, not something you get much with Pinot Noir. It was be interesting to let the tannins resolve and there is pl