Meant to grab '08 but grabbed an '07. I;d probably rate this better than the average here.
The first thing I can think of here is the overused "burgundian" descriptor. But it is. The deft, albeit light, touch, the transparency, even perhaps a hint of barnyard, all make me think of burgundy. With a bit of air it takes on a more classically Oregon profile. In any case, I like this. For me subtle, pretty, balanced, and transparent are the words that come to mind, and those are just the sort of things I look for in my Pinot Noir. I will take this over more concentrated but heavier wines nine times out of ten.
I really like it and will continue to follow this producer.
Popped and poured. Nice smooth oak and red fruit on the nose. Same on the palate. Did not improve a whole lot with air, but was nice to begin with. Not very complex, but nice texture and balance. One to the top sub-$20 Oregon pinots I've had... actually probably one of the better $15 bottles of wine you can buy. A true value. I like.
Day 2: Continues to show nicely. Acid shines, but has lost some texture. Still good, but better on day 1.
I went to the Match Vineyard Cab tasting at Wine on Piedmont, a new (to me) store in Oakland, I'd never visited before. There was a surprising selection of OR pinots, more so than from CA. Rick Allen, of Heater Allen Brewery in McMinnville, OR, introduced me to this producer last year when we were in the area and I wanted to revisit.
Opened not decanted. Showing some clarity at the edge of the glass; transparent red in color. Dark fruit with some dry cherry candy on the nose. On the palate: Sharp attack of dried fruit with dark cherry notes; very light in body with some heat; ends with a drying citrus finish. Good.
I loved this. As an $18 Pinot, I thought it was excellent. Nice fruit on the backend, subtle but enjoyable nose and initial presence. Easy drinking wine for a light dinner and a good display of what Oregon Pinot for the everyman is all about.