$75, 4 stars, 92 points, oregon, pinot noir, willamette valley
For a Pinot Noir, this one is quite a bit more opaque- say 60%. It’s a beautiful shade of ruby with long legs in the glass. The nose is quite intense- cherry, black raspberry, pomegranate, cinnamon stick, red licorice and an earthy note. The palate is dry with some nice medium intensity tannins that are balanced beautifully with medium acidity. The flavors are quite pronounced with red cherry dominating. The pomegranate gets joined with cranberry and I also get the spice and earth components. Medium bodied with a decent length finish that shows off some tannic grip. I like this wine for it’s New World boldness yet it sticks to the traditional red fruit flavors I love in Pinot. It’s had a decade to age and is still rather primal with another 10 years ahead of it. 92 points from me for this $75 effort makes it a 4 star wine that compares with the delicious 2014 Nysa that I previously tasted. Salut….