Winemaker's Notes: An expansive array of fragrances arise from the glass of this aromatically complex Pinot Noir. This bottling beautifully expresses the superior quality of the Willamette Valley's stellar 2012 vintage. A mixture of blackberries, star anise, cinnamon stick and rose petals on the nose suggest a wine that's ripe, lush and layered. Upon entry, the palate supports this impression with plush, dark fruit flavors and a fine, silky dusting of milk chocolate. The wine finishes elegantly with a real sense of opulence and finesse.
Expert Review: Deep ruby. Cherry-cola, blackberry, licorice and a subtle note of woodsmoke on the fragrant nose. On the palate, pliant dark berry and spicecake flavors gain sweetness and weight with air, picking up a floral nuance along the way. Closes spicy, focused and very long, with supple tannins adding shape. Score: 91 points -- International Wine Cellar