This Pinot Noir is pale ruby, bordering on garnet which is commensurate with its 7 years of age. The nose has quite pronounced aromas of red and black cherry, baking spice, cranberry, rooibos tea, orange peel, strawberry compote and a touch of heat. The palate is dry with very rich flavors of cherry (red and black), stewed red fruit and the other notes I mentioned. Medium bodied, it has lithe, integrated tannins and medium (+) acidity. The mouthfeel is great with the richness of the fruit balancing the acidity whilst the tannins give a touch of dryness. The alcohol is not an issue at this point. The finish is relatively short but packed with fruit. I really like this wine- it drinks so easily and delivers lots of red fruit with a bunch of secondary and tertiary notes. For $35 it is a very good Oregonian Pinot that shows off some New World fruit-forward notes alongside some Old World elegance and tertiary notes from aging. 92 points and 5 stars. Drink till 2028 with some grilled poultry or a slab of charred Mackerel. Salut….
This Pinot Noir is deep purple and semi opaque in the glass. On the nose it is quite intense with red and black cherry, raspberry, oak and strawberry bubble gum. The palate is gorgeous- smooth with lithe tannins, gentle acidity and a ton of fruit flavor. Layers or cherry, raspberry and mocha notes intertwine, some strawberry is present but the complexity of this wine is awesome. I love restrained Pinots, wines that are seductive and not overpowering. This one is definitely a more fruit forward version, New Worldish yet it has such purity of fruit and is not over-the-top extracted. The finish is long. The fact that it is only 13.3% ABV makes it a refreshing change from the monsters I have been drinking lately. Drink till 2026 with lean cuts of beef, maybe a hearty Salmon on the grill or some well seasoned Cornish hens. 92 points from me for this $58 treat. I love this winery and have enjoyed several of their previous wines. 5 stars. Salut….
This Pinot is quite dark, and barely see-through in the glass. The nose gives me gobs of New World cherry, strawberry and licorice. On the palate I get cherry, a woodsy, earthy note and some spices, cinnamon in particular. The mid palate is quite smooth with rhubarb, cherry and crunchy acidity. The finish is fruit driven with red berries and cherry carrying gentle tartness to a medium length ending. It has a decent flavor profile and is typical of the region- somewhat more full bodied than say Burgundy, more red fruit, a touch of earthiness and it’s growing on me. I would go 90 points for this $35 offer that gets 4 stars from me. I’m pairing with rack of Lamb and grilled Zucchini. Drink till 2025. ps. this was the 4th bottle from my Splashwines delivery. Salut….