(25 percent new French oak) Dark red. Sexy, oak-tinged aromas of cherry and raspberry; smoke and peppery spice flourishes build in the background. Supple and lively on the palate, offering juicy red fruit liqueur flavors that smoothly blend depth and juicy vivacity. Round, even tannins shape the clinging finish, which leaves a sweet red berry preserve note behind.
Score: 91 points -- Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 2018
Wine background: The first vintage of this Pinot noir was in 1979. Our objective in producing this wine has always been a classic, intense and elegant wine that pairs well with the foods we like to eat. By blending the diverse flavors and textures of multiple vineyards, clones and elevations, we produce a richly supple and focused wine that typifies what Pinot noir can achieve each vintage in the northern Willamette Valley. With this wine, our 34th vintage, our experience shows - we’ve long been acknowledged as producing a reference standard for the “Oregon style.”