My first 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir. I waited on these due to the tannic nature of the vintage, and it shows in this wine. Aromatic upon opening, this shows not only Brian's style of winemaking but also the tannic character of the vintage. Instead of the red fruits on the front of the palate this displays black fruits on the back of the palate. Drinking well today, I wish I had tried this in it's youth to see how the fruit tasted. A serious well made wine.
EWG Tastes Oregon Wines - April 21, 2013 (Roy's Pasadena): Peter popped this at the end of the night. I like Brian's wines but for me this was out of sorts on this night. I found it on the shrill side with a fair amount of heat as well. Might just be in a bad place. I have had a few 08s that are not working right now.
Medium ruby, strong fruity nose, lilacs. Dry, perfume, bold fruit of ripe cherries, too jammy for my palate, others may like this style, but I prefer a spicy Syrah to a floral Pinot. I will let this sit capped for several days to see how it develops. Some of the acid is starting to show, there is hope. A night later, the acid is balancing the bold fruit nicely. The floral has morphed into iodine, ripe cherries. I can live with that! A couple more nights on the counter, last glass, very nice balance, fruit with acid, soft tannins. Give it time!
- Violet color - This might contain Oregon grapes, but it's definitely a Loring wine. While I usually enjoy the California Lorings, I expect something different when I drink an Oregon wine. This tastes more like a Russian River wine than a Willamette Pinot. Good stuff, but nothing special. Not sure it will improve with age, but it's possible.
Dark ruby color with red cherry, raspberry, cedarwood, and slightly earthy aromas. On the palate it's light-bodied with fine-grained tannins, good acidity, and ripe raspberry, cranberry, cherry, and spice flavors. Long finish. 14.7% alcohol
Like the bouquet, the rest is just ok. Loring just doesn't do it for us. Muted flavors, a bit tart, alcohol coming through. Got these for a great price, but will probably continue to pass going forward.
Transparent ruby red color. Nose of sweet fruit. Candied dark fruits, a touch of strident alcohol, and cola on the smooth, somewhat hollow palate. I used to derive great pleasure from this style, but the 2009 Hudelot-Noellat Bourgogne of last week was so much more tensile, fresh, and alive.
Quick TN. Unscrewed and poured. This wine surprised me based upon other Loring pinots I've had in the past. Though dark and a bit riper than most of the Oregon wines I drink on a regular basis, this was nicely balanced showing a purity of the darker red/purple fruits. No noticeable oak or heat. A little earth, spice, and pepper (which at first, if blind, I would not have guessed pinot). A nice wine, on its own or with pepperoni pizza.
A bit restrained on the nose. Soft, ripe plum with some dustiness. Gains some focus and clarity in the glass. Some elements of white pepper, spice and moderate oak. Not overly fruit-driven and does not present the elements of Shea. Presents itself as Californian vs Oregon. Not overly ripe but still presents pure fruit. Not as acidic as some of Brian's Californian efforts.
Got this bottle from the winery for $23.46 during a pre-release futures special pricing event (if my memory serves me correctly). Brian does it again! This is a fantastic Pinot Noir. The bouquet is absolutely gorgeous, exhibiting beautiful floral elements, along with typical Oregon Pinot traits, such as dark fruit, plenty of earth, and suggestions of spice and oak. Brian Loring is easily my favorite Pinot negociant in California (a winemaker who buys grapes and/or must to complete the winemaking process); a LWC Pinot is guaranteed to be delicious, well-priced, and a bargain as the wine relates to its price-to-quality ratio. This is a rich, dark, brooding, creamy, delicious, well-balanced Pinot Noir. Up-front, there's an abundance of dark fruit (plums, black cherries, and blackberries), along with creamy oak and tannins, earth, tons of spices (pepper and other herbaceous notes), all complimented by a long, lingering, elegant finish. Brian sources his grapes from some of the best Pinot vineyards on the West Coast. He extracts fantastic depth-of-flavors from his purchased grapes and somehow/someway assembles world-class Pinots. I've never had a LWC Pinot that wasn't at least VERY good; most of them are FANTASTIC. This wine earns an EXCELLENT score on a price-to-quality ratio. We paired this wine with a corned beef and cabbage/carrots dish, assuming that an Oregon Pinot would be fairly light-bodied and delicious and elegant. This wine ended-up being much more substantial than we would have assumed. Though it paired well with the corned beef, this is such a serious, dark, creamy, extracted Pinot that I would recommend pairing this wine with serious beef dishes (a ribeye smothered in Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper, curried lamb shanks, etc.). No matter how you turn the Stelvin screw cap (LWC Pinots are always enclosed with Stelvin screw caps; as any serious wine lover knows, there's absolutely NOTHING wrong with that!), you canNOT go wrong with a Loring Pinot. As usual, job VERY well done, Brian!!
Decanted about 45 minutes. Medium ruby red color. Black cherries, raspberry, baking spices, forest floor, vanilla and some white pepper on the very nice and interesting nose. Medium body with some ripe tannins and very nice acidity. Nice tart fruit and spice on the palate with a slight herbal note coming in on the backend, nice earthiness and spice adds a lot of flavor. Decent length on the finish, but this is the weakest part of the wine. Could use a bit more oomph on the finish, leaves you wanting a bit more. All said, I like the change of pace this provides.
Dark garnet color. Dark red fruit, somewhat candied, and some earthy notes on the nose with a little bit of heat coming through. Dark raspberry and black cherry flavors on the palate with a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied, juicy mouthfeel and strong finish. No real trace of alcohol on the finish as some others have noted below. Definitely on the riper side of Oregon pinot but on the lower side of ripeness compared to Brian's Cali pinots. I think this was the perfect middle ground and we enjoyed this a lot.
PnP through Nuance Wine Finer. Bright cherries on the nose. On the palate, definitely a modern style, but not "over the top". Cherries and raspberry. Fruity, but not over the top. Not subtle, but very approachable. Enjoyable on its own. 89+ pts. Aloha!
I expect Loring wines to be super-ripe and super rich, and this one certainly fit that profile. Big nose of black fruit, earth, and spice. I am going to copy gutt22's notes "In the mouth, I fully concur with the notes that say this isn't distinguishable from the Loring Pinots from California. It doesn't have much Shea Vineyard character at all. Rich black fruit, some spice, and a touch of earth. Good acidity and a juicy finish." No way I would have guessed it for an Oregon pinot - simply too rich, ripe and juicy. Well made, but not at all my style.
A bit of a tart finish compared to Brian's "normal" PNs, no doubt reflecting the Oregon site. No doubt age would help this, as this did not seem to benefit from early consumption.A good $20 value (purchased from the winery during one of his bundling campaigns), but I would have been disappointed if I'd paid his normal price. Note to self...choose Loring PNs from CA.
Not as ripe or over the top as the more recent Lorings I have had. Tart red fruit, earth and some spice, higher acidity than I expected. The alcohot heat stood out on the finish though detracting from the overall balance.
My first taste of the 2008 Loring Shea. Quite nice at this time. Although it's young (for my taste), it was well integrated. Light to medium bodied, some rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, a touch of holiday spices. Good integration of acidity.
The Shea Vineyard terroir really shines through. A gentle nose of red raspberry, cinnamon spice, cedar and earth. Balance and elegantly integrated flavors of tart red fruit, spice, flinty earth and soft tannins. Enjoy now and over the next 3 years.
approachable with nice pinot character and some earthy complexity - juicy with nice acidity and a nice long finish - not great on the nose though - a little simple black cherry fruit - overall - very good
14.7% alcohol. Black cherry color. Strong nose of black fruit, earth, and light spice. In the mouth, I fully concur with the notes that say this isn't distinguishable from the Loring Pinots from California. It doesn't have much Shea Vineyard character at all. Rich black fruit, some spice, and a touch of earth. Good acidity and a juicy finish. B+
Wow! I can't believe how approachable this wine is. Beautiful nose, deep red with an uplifting perfume of notes I can't place. On the palate, more of the same, with some fine tannins on the finish. A gorgeous wine, and not as full throttled as I was expecting. For now, it drinks best immediately on the pop, as it shuts down a bit with time, loosing some of the initial fruit. I would say 92-93 on the pop, 89-91 after 15 minutes in the glass. So, 89pts for current drinking, but I think this is going to be darn nice in 4-5 years. 91 points cutting it down the middle.
I decanted this for one hour and served it with Easter ham on 4/24/11. It had a ripe, oaky and pleasant bouquet of candied black cherry, raspberry, baking spice, cedar, burnt toast and slight barnyard aromas. The palate was also ripe, oaky, well integrated and smooth with flavors of black cherry, raspberry, baking spices and burnt toast…a very solid pinot. 88+
Earthy and dark cherry aroma, with a good red fruit taste to it. Fruit taste is raspberries, as well as leading to a bit of black cherry. This does seem to need more time, which isn't a surprise - I just felt like opening it. Great to drink now, but should provide enjoyment for a few years.
Not decanted, consumed over ~1 hour. Strawberries on the palate, but some grapiness too. Slight hints of mushroomy earthiness, but this really is meant to be a fruit-forward, slightly candied west coast pinot meant for young, enjoyable drinking. Not a knockout, but nice, if you're a fan of the style.
Opened and not decanted. A bit of clarity at the edge of the glass. Perfumed nose of dark fruit. On the entry: light in body with shades of increasing darker and blacker fruit as you taste. It's like diving in a grape pool with more density at the bottom. The finish is semi-drying with touches of candied Concord grape. It's almost elegant but isn't. It's almost simple but isn't. It's clean, refreshing, well made, good with food or as a stand alone. I haven't had a Loring wine for awhile and this is terrific. Also doesn't hurt to have good fruit from Shea Vineyard. Good to Very Good.
after initial open and pour I thought it was light but fruit forward, green kasagui candy and plum... slight astringent finish? tight? slightly chewy mouthfeel after a few hours the fruit was still predominant but with more cherry as opposed to sweet fruit, balance showed up
Pop & Pour: Nose of raspberries, black cherries, strawberries and forest. The palate consists of big, yet slightly elegant, red fruit along with lots of baking spices with just a hint of heat on the finish.
14.7% alcohol. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, loamy earth, and spice are evident on this medium-plus bodied, structured, and still rather youthful/primary effort that comes across as a bit riper and bigger boned for an Oregon PN. A touch of sweetness to the fruit and a hint of heat on the back end keep me from giving this an outstanding score.
Popped and poured, consumed over 2 hours. 2nd bottle of the night and probably didn't give this the time it deserves. Nose of black cherry and raspberry with wood and spice. Love the nose. Taste is bigger than a lot of Oregon Pinots I remember as of late with lots of dark fruit and whoa there is a lot of tannins there. Missing some of the complexity on the palate but there is really nice mouth feel here. Wished I could have let this sit for a year or two.
I was wondering how Brian would do with OR fruit. Fairly dark and not unexpectedly a bit riper than many OR PNs. 14.7% ABV. What a beautiful nose, wonderful cherry and raspberry with some spice and a touch of mineral/earth. The alcohol was no problem. The palate wasn't quite as impressive but the fruit was lovely, ripe but medium bodied with a somewhat muted finish. Overall a well done California rendition of OR fruit!
Pop and Pour. The Loring style may not be for everybody, but I like. Wonderful notes of red and black cherries just jump from the glass while a touch of earth/ mushroom follow. The fruit and earth also show on the palate and it ends with a smooth finish that last for about 30+ seconds.
I didn't get any of the overt alchohol some have noted. This was certainly good and fine and tasty but, how do I say it, unremarkable Pinot Noir. Decent fruit, but I think it lack's "outstanding" points because of its lack of personality and not as much complexity as I'd like. I do think it would benefit from a little age.
Juicy sweet tobacco, green pepper and watermelon jolly rancher nose, really dry..may be because of the dark chocolate we are having but still a bit tannic for me at this stage. Mid palate lacking but a sweet tasty finish that sticks. Not sure the tannins will soften in a way I'd like, will drink the rest young.
PnP. Beautiful ruby color. Nose of pure deep cherry, with some floral violet hints as well as an iron/minerally element. Medium bodied with intense dark red fruit on the palate, some notes of black tea, and some significant tannin where the iron shows up strongly. The finish is not powerful, but certainly lingers. This improved with air.
Of the 3 Loring bottles I got in the sampler pack, this is the most tannic, the most subdued, and the most complex. I'd like to try this a couple of years from now. A wine to be sipped and contemplated rather than gulped.
Medium ruby red in the glass. The nose has red fruit, herbs, and loam. Medium weight palate. I liked this better than the Aubaine, seemed to have more Pinot character to it. Nice balance, some interesting depth, a more pretty, feminine palate than the Aubaine. Nice finish.
14.7% ABV. Translucent dark ruby garnet. Bit of herbal tree resin on the nose. Medium sweet attack of fairly bright red cherry fruit. Medium bodied with some stemmy spices on the palate. This wine's nose is pretty big and in your face. Nicely done, but a little herbal for my tastes. 89?
PnP and sipped last evening. Deep dark color, and a nice amount of fruit, the Shea also had a bit of a floral component and an earthy, mushroomy driven component as well. A little more tannic than the Aubaine that we had enjoyed previously, opened up and became a little softer around the edges as the night went on. Can definitely tell the difference between this and the Cali PN's from Loring. Well made wine that was interesting and a good deal at $20...Mrs. Coupe really liked it, and enjoyed it a bit more than I.
Open in the bottle for four hours. Moderate bright ruby color. Nose is floral up front. Light rose petals, fresh cranberry, strawberry, white pepper spice. Fruit and spice driven as opposed to funky earthy shroomyness. Palate is well endowed - very nice weight. A little disjointed but this might just be its young age. Lots of acid on the back end - should develop a bit over the next three to five years. Moderate high alcohol with a bit of heat on the back end. Quite nice, but needs a bit of time to come into itself. Though Loring attempts to make approachable wines that will be yummy upon release, I believe they tend to age well too.
Head and shoulders above the other 2 offerings in the 3 pack sampler IMHO. Much more interesting. More structure to play with. Just lovely deep purple hue. Deliciouse Plum nose, Soy and Licorice. Gobs of Spicy, tobacco and lavender infused fruit, and creamy vanilla traces. Lots of Grip, nicely acidic but in check, has stuffing for a few years holding I suspect.
I purchased this as part of Loring's promotional three bottle pack. I am glad that I did. I found this quite flavorable. If this is a sample of the Loring house style, I can see why there is a following. This was a great QPR at $19.99.
My wife loved this wine. I wasn't as enamored with it as much as she was. just a bit too intense for me, which is the opposite of what some other recent taster noted. One thing that jumped out at both of us at about half way through the bottle, I stuck my nose into the decanter and WOW...Huge Raspberry Preserves or raspberry Jam. Unmistakable. Kudos to Brian for working with OR fruit in Cali. Keep up the good work.
As a fan of Loring this bottle fell a little short for me. The wine was very one dimensional and didn't have the "slow burn" I would like to see in a good Pinot. Admittedly I drank this on the young side but I don't see it developing in to anything special with aging. For the money it was a decent buy.
Kimberly was in Fresno at Old Doc's pouring 6 different 08's. All wines were in the glass when we arrived, no idea about how long opened, etc. The color was a rich dark red with a touch of purple hue. A slightly sweet/candied nose of plum, dark cherry and lavender... little bit of vanilla spice (1/3rd new). This wine had the most "grip", eventhough all Loring wines are 100% destemmed (or as near as possible). Good acidity. Bought a couple (which really says something now that I'm a new homeowner)