Well, I did manage to wait two years before revisiting this one and while a few of its WV Pinot counterparts have fallen apart, this one still holds its integrity. Rich and darkly complected fruit aromas, like blueberries and strawberries macerated in powdered sugar with an herbal backdrop. Medium to full bodied juice has a smooth entry with a fair degree of acid and, while totally integrated, the tannic structure shows up on the back end. Palate reflects the nose, dry macerated berries, herbs, and some earthy tones. Dark raspberry notes make a cameo during the finish. Comes across equally as big and weighty as the Betz Syrah we are having on the same evening. Similar impressions as last time, a delicious -if big and Syrah like- Pinot that is structurally and texturally sound. Plenty of life to go while being in a nice drinking window now.
Dark clear ruby. Strong aroma of dark fruit, oak and spice. Moderate to full body, nice acidity and moderate tannins. Well balanced. Palate of dark fruit, cassis, oak, pepper, smoke and spice. Long finish. A bit "big" for a Pinot and too much oak for me. It did get better about an hour after opening. May improve with another 2-3 yrs.
Bigger, deeper, and darker than one would expect, especially from 2007. Where most offers from 2007 fall into the light and elegant camp, this wine is still a big bruiser. Dark fruits and brambles coat the palate and fill every nook and cranny. Huge and absorbing mouthfeel while still managing to give the impression that we are not there yet. There is more to come if this wine is allowed to age. It seems so big and available right now, yet clearly feels like it is just hinting at greater potential down the road. Hold and revisit in 2 years.
Decanted for 1 hour, served with roasted duck with a simple spice rub. Fruit up front was plum, dark cherry, and blackberry then evolved into cassis, vanilla, and leather. Texturally pleasant with good tannin backbone and lively acidity. Finish goes on forever. Honestly, I timed the length of this wine and it took well over a minute for this wine to dissapate from my palate. Wish we had another bottle.
Supple delivery with ripe plum and black currant fruit. Notes of some pepper but this is overshadowed by the wonderful pure fruit delivery here. Wood, incense and black cherry on the nose that opens up to a round and soft, lucious wine. Lingering and expressive finish.
Decanted, consumed over 3 hours. Really dark for a Pinot. Nose has some funk and earth and dark--yes dark--fruit; hardly a typical Oregon Pinot. Up front there is wild strawberries with a good sense of minerality and acid. Mid palate is where the drying tannins kick in along with some crushed rock (? is this Syrah ?), finish is drying tannins with lingering wild strawberries and more crushed rock. Pretty dark and needs some time IMHO.
Very disappointing to me as I expected more. very pronounced tannins, somewhat acidic, offsetting a very bright nose of red berries. This wine reminds me of a 1er cru 2004 Gevrey Chambertin. It is never going to get better, just older. The finish is very long, but unpleasant. This is probably a product if it's vintage. Funny - 06 and 08 in OR were great, 07 unpleasant. Exact opposite in northern Ca. I like the "on" vintages - 06 and 08 in OR, 07 in CA. Although I am ok with many of the 06 northern CA pinots.
This was a seriously good albeit still young and developing high end single vineyard Oregonian Willamette Valley pinot enjoyed last night at the Lake Hickory CC with good CT wine buddy neighborbill and spouses. Popped and poured, would recommend opening bottle 2-3 hours ahead or a quick decant / double - decant and giving this wine another 2-3 years will also help. Even having said that, a tremendous wine and at the price point I purchased this at at a pre-Christmas wine sale blow-out this wine represented a good QPR. Stylistically Burgundian, dark, surprisingly well balanced at this point of development, medium bodied, smooth, nice long velvety lingering aftertaste. Floral and aromatic nose of dark plum, rich raspberry and mint with primary flavors of red berries, earth, black pepper and a hint of smoke. Just a lovely wine and I can only imagine what it will evolve into in the next 3-5 years. I really recommend this wine but at this point would also recommend waiting a couple of years or going with a decant of at least an hour.
Incredible! Love at first taste. Beautiful nose - with a taste to match. Excellent richness of raspberry fruit and earth. Nice acidity and freshness. Very excited to share with my family at Thanksgiving. Want to load up on this, even at $50/bottle plus tax. Worth the price IMHO.
after hot years from 2004 to 2006 in oregon, 2007 wines are showing more typical lower alcohols from this cooler vintage. Yamhill-Carlton district. much more meaty flesh on the nose of this vs. Willamette Penner-Ash in 2007. Dussin is volcanic soils. Meat and smoke on the nose. black raspberry fruit. so f'ing delicious.
Here great toast but combined with great oregon spicy fruit. Just opened too. Rather massive big fruited palate with very good spiciness. I can imagine it will be great as time goes on or if you are willing to cellar it for a year. The feeling is a much more classical style than '06. '07 is lower alcohol, lighter on its feet, and lively -- classical Oregon Pinot. I would buy it at $60.