Smooth, easy drinking OR pinot. A little acidic at first but opened up to a solid bouqet of berry and flower after about 45 minutes. Pretty surprised this wine has gone this long but shows no sign of age.
Treated this like a cheap wine - opened (unscrewed) and began drinking almost immediately. Big mistake, because after about 30 to 45 minutes, it began to open up. Thin at first, it became fairly plush and velvety. Smokey dark cherries. Very smooth (minimal tannins), with a decent finish. Great QPR (AKA bang-for-the-buck).
(tasting note from a day later-sorry it's sparse on detail.) Color: Ruby Nose: Some florals. Strawberry. Not a very strong nose. On the palate: A lighter style, with minimal spice. It is pleasing and varietally correct. A simple and lighter expression of Pinot. Minimal soft tannins. A great weeknight quaff.
At fours years old this pinot is softening nicely, however the concentration is an issue. Also, to borrow from Gertrude Stein, there is no there there. Could be an off bottle. To be fair it was consumed without food.
Very light cherry cola nose, body was VERY light (among the lightest of any pinot I've had), palate is very subtle red cherries with a hint of cola and vanilla. Finish is short, light. Not a trace of tannins or alcohol at any point furing consumption. Too light for my pinot tastes, but paired well with our middle eastern dinner.
My initial notes. Decanted 1/2 the bottle for 30 minutes. The nose has improved nicely. Still a bit too much oak for my tastes, a greenness on the initial palette and there is a slight bitterness on the finish that distracts. Still a lot smoother than the experience a year ago. An additional year of age has helped this wine go from a 80 to an 84 for me.
The wine was worse on the 2nd night. The nose became less appealing and the green and bitter characteristics remained.
I was disturbed by the last opportunity to drink this (it seemed to be losing verve). This was a great surprise. Good texture and pinot character, cola and mild spice notes. Isn't California Pinot nor Burgundy in style - definitely Oregon. For a 3 year old Pinot, more giving than Burgundy, but more restrained than California. Better alone than with cheeses or duck. Well done, a wine to savor. I'm suprised cellartracker users aren't liking it more. I think this wine is an excellent QPR, especially at 3-4 years old. (20 degrees F outside, drank from a Riedel Sommelier Bourdeaux glass.
Very solid pinot. It was a bit lighter than prior bottles I've had from A to Z, but still had some distinctive complexity that sets it out from a standard cherry/berry pinot. Though it had good, solid berry and red cherry flavors at its root, it was complimented with earthiness and cinnamon spice after-notes more common in Oregon. It needed to breathe for a couple of hours though to fully develop all of the spiciness I've recalled in prior bottles.
Red cherry and berry fruits with a floral hint, as well as some flinty funk. This has very good acidity, and although it is not ripe, the fruit flavors are refreshing, if straight-forward. It finishes with clean acidity.
Out of the gate it seemed thin and the acid dominated. After one hour it was drinking better and was a nice quaffing pinot. I had higher hopes for this in terms of ageing but will remain optimistic. 13 bottles remaining. For now, it was much more enjoyable at two years of age.
Drank this over 3 days. Not as impressed with this wine as the rest. It seemed muddled and somewhat flabby to me. No distinctive Oregon style pinot noir smell. The finish seems harsh also. I saw no improvement on the 2nd or 3rd day so I doubt it will improve much. Maybe I got a bad bottle but there were no typical flaws associated with a bad bottle - just a sub-par wine. 2 more to try...
i wanted to go higher on this because i like the aesthetic and price on this. i liked this better in the tasting room. but it's a little too simple, lacks wow factor, is a little tinny/bug sprayish/metallic in the mid palate that distracts me. but it's still good and fruit is fine. you can do much worse in the world of overrated pns, this one is definitely more real than a lot of the stuff selling for twice the price and delivering much less.
Light color even for a Pinot. Slightly earthy on the nose. The usual blueberry, cherry... maybe some raspberries? Slightly oakey. Medium body. Decent mouthfeel, low to medium tannins... smooth. Nothing worth writting home about but a decent Pinot. I popped and poured but I bet with some decanting this wine would evolve a bit more.
sour (and not in a good way), tart (and not in a good way), out of balance acidity and fake cherry flavors. Oh, and weird aftertaste. I was hoping against hope to find an under $20 pinot and had heard good things about this one, but, this ain't it.
An exceptional value, and currently a by-the-glass favorite of my customers, this shows aromatically complex notes of black cherry, pepper and sage. Light on the palate, this still manages to maintain a nice concentration of fruit without the bothersome sweetness one often finds in Pinots at this price level.
a tolerably nice 'small' pinot; ruby/garnet color; very light on the nose , a bit of floral overtone. a hint of earth; lighter on the palate than I like - almost watery?? a bit thin?? - nothing overtly wrong with the taste, just not enough of it; a touch of dark cherry fruit, a hint of earth, no real distinction between effect on front, mid or back palate; a little bit of lingering, characteristic pinot flavor on the finish; just not enough of anything to make me want to buy or drink it again.
Grape juice tartness on the nose with almost a hint of zinfandel like pepper and forest fire. Tastes like cranberries, and I’m not a fan of cranberries, so off to a bad start. Mouth feel has a little texture and leaves a bit of heat on the palate. Finish is funky and dominated with oak. Overall, not a big fan, will not purchase again.
Simplistic. Chewy. They never reveal thier vineyard sources but the presumption is that they get some fruit from Rex Hill. Just open. For $18 or $19 it hits the price of Pinot these days. A bit green and bitter. Rock on.
Nice color but overall a very light Pinot with a lot of fruits present - maybe I am too use to California wines, which tend to have to alcohol content, but this was a little light. Would be nice on a hot day on the back veranda.....
NOSE: tart cherry balanced against gentle smoke and underbrush elements; a bit of the typical Pinot funk; hints of strawberry and anise emerge after a couple hours.
BODY: clear orange-red color, with more orange at the edges; color is of light depth; medium-light bodied.
TASTE: this wine is not complex, but is very good for what it is: juicy simple flavors of strawberry and cherry dominate the palate. Weak mid-palate & short finish hold this wine back from "outstanding." Nice acidity, this is a gentle wine, more burgundian in character than it is Californian. This Pinot makes for incredibly easy drinking and is a great bargain at $15.
Ashley's palate leans more towards Pinot than mine, so it's not surprising she scored this wine one point higher than I. B: 50, 5, 12, 15, 7 = 89 A: 50, 5, 12, 16, 7 = 90
Popped and poured for dinner. The red fruit is present, but it's much more balanced in terms of earthiness v. fruit than other pinots I've had of late. A nice inexpensive OR pinot - would purchase again. Simple but definitely food friendly.
Translucent ruby color. Very pretty nose of cherry, cranberry, eucalyptus, forest floor. Wine is soft and supple on the palate displaying flavors of light plum, bing cherry, ripe strawberry, and a touch of pine. Finishes a little short. Tannins are very light, but the wine has enough acidity to hold the flavors together. A very charming, subtle example of the elegance that one associates with Oregon pinot noir. Drink now. Quite delicate...in a very good way. Great QPR. A fine buy.
red cherry, sour cherry, raspberry on both nose and palate. some wet earth or wet leaf or forest floor on the nose as well. short finish. good acid, well balanced. this is the first atoz that i've had that if tasting blind i would have located in oregon...usually i find them so fruit forward as to be more californian in style. the 06 definitely has a better sense of place.
Very light and fruit foward. One of the lightest colored red wine I have ever have. Easy drinker and perfect match for the Sunday brunch it was served with. Small berries on the nose and a touch of blackcurrant on the palate. Much more reminescent of a good Beaujolais then of a proper Burgundy. Very nice, unpretentious and highly enjoyable. Drink early.
Not a huge Pinot Noir fan but this one had an echo of Burgundy. Very light but a hint of flint and mineral earth. Was actually best right upon opening - a few hours later taste seemed to evaporate and become thin.