Dark ruby. Nose was mute for about thirty minutes then gave off scents of raspberry, violets, cherry pits, anise, sea air. Ripe but crisp red raspberry and mulberry fruit on the palate with undertones of mineral and iron fragments. Copious acidity and still firm tannins leading to a long finish of rolling red fruit, earth, and tensile grip. Larger wine but superbly reigned in.
Another fabulous bottle with a very alluring nose of smoke, christmas spice, and red berry fruit. This seemed weighty in the glass for a pinot. More red berry fruit with a bit of earth and hints of black pepper. Nicely balanced with a long finish. But the nose on this - really terrific.
Burgundian style DDO PN, consistent with many other vintages. Classic PN nose. Perfectly balanced with medium-light body, very bright cherry on the palate, silky tannins, and medium long finish. As this ages -- and it will do so elegantly -- the overall cast of flavors will become more subdued. Drink now, or sample over the next 5 years.
Popped-n-poured and drank over 6 hours. Didn’t rate this since I feel like it is a little closed down now; much like its geographic cousin, the 2008 White Rose, Whole Cluster. It’s currently drinking at about a 89, but my gut feeling is that it will probably rebound into something closer to a 94 point, near “classic” PN in a few years. Black berry fruit and cinnamon baking spices on the nose which is consistent with the area. Rich, fuller-bodied style that is sure to stand up to some additional time in the cellar. Hold at least until 2017.
Who knew that Willamette Valley was geographically centered between Sonoma Coast and Burgundy??!!
This had red ripe fruits ala Sonoma/RRV Pinot Noir but it opened with an exotic perfumed note I've only run across in a Burgundian Pinot. Medium bodied, satisfying, and bold. I like this wine. Dangerously easy drinking.
This one still need more time or a lot of air to smooth out. Good flavor, somewhat obstructed by a fair amount of structural elements that keep the fruit from shining through. Mostly red fruits, with lots of acidity and modest tannins. Good, but also somewhat disappointing at the same time.
Spectator Winemaker's Dinner with Véronique Drouhin-Boss at Home House, Portman Square. Limited note taking. À pointe. Warm concentrated mellow pinot fruit, hint of strappy leather, balanced by firm integrated tannins and well judged acidity. Very long. Excellent now and over the next 2-3 years.
Great bouquet; wow initial taste and then lots of flavor with a long finish; not a fruit bomb but good fruit with lots of terroir;a really good wine;it is expensive but drank it for my birthday; will drink again.
This wine did not age well. It was not tainted, the cork was intact and it had been cellared properly since my purchase but the wine had lost all of its fruit and much of the flavor. Tasted nothing like previous bottles. Unfair for me to enter the 85 points into the mix.
13.9% - Clear, med ruby / clean, med+ intensity - cranberry, raspberry compote, pine forest, some torrefaction notes with a very nice bouquet overall / dry, med+ acidity, med body, med well integrated tannin, med+ intensity in a prolounged finish of ripe berries, very elegant and harmonious. Even better than what I remembered from the tasting at the winery. 92+
Nose starts with oak and then wet forest floor and spice. In the mouth it is red fruit dominant with strawberry and raspberry. The tannins are still somewhat pronounced after popping and pouring but recede after an hour. Really good but I bet even better with another couple of years in bottle.
Popped and poured, then re-tasted over the course of 3 hours. Nice bouquet of strawberry and red cherry, anise, baking spice, and oak. On the palate it's still a baby, with a short, compact attack to start things off. Good acidity and good tannins really show themselves and haven't fully integrated. The mid-palate is gorgeous, with ripe red fruit, forest floor, and subtle pine notes. The finish is quite compact and quick, but has a very nice light tapering effect. I think this will be better in 5 years or more.
Initially very tight, needing several hours to blow off the sour-patch-kid-nail-polish-remover. Afterwards with lush cherry and a texture as soft as biting into a ripe plum. A nice dose of Oregon earth. Not bad for a mass-produced Oregon pinot.
Perhaps too young? Nose of cherry, baking spices, cassis, and leather. Dark cherry & other dark fruits, chocolate, and leather on the palate. Subtle smoke/tobacco carries through to the finish. Medium-bodied, lovely mouthfeel. 88 for now, but likely to improve in the next few years.
Wine is drinking very nicely at this time. Excellent balance, wine tastes light but with intense flavor; bottle just seemed to disappear; love this wine. Spicy, fruit, and acid beautifully combined. Drank with rack of loin lamb chops.
Opened and poured a glass (and surprise, couldn't leave it alone, but mostly) let it set for an hour before dinner.
This is a stunner, but really should let them rest. My wife and I get fairly different scents on this, and somewhat different tastes. She thought it was floral, and I said it reminded me of Christmas spice. She agreed that maybe there was something reminding her of cinnamon on the nose. Maybe a little smoke too. On opening there was a certain vegetal taste but that wasn't present an hour later. She described the palate as cherry tobacco and I would describe it as red berry fruit but with a lot of rocky minerality. She can agree with the red berry description. Occasionally with hints of both salt and pepper. Slightly tannic. Very long finish. Excellent balance.
Don't want to finish it because I want to keep inhaling from the glass.
Distinctly Dundee Hills on the nose, sweet dark red fruit, very dark character, baking spices, and this sweet raspberry and barnyard aroma that I love. Weighty palate, dark fruit flavors, some stems, blackberries, like a mouthful of em, but quite tight on the finish, firm tannin and balanced acidity seem to close the finish off. Odd, because last time I tasted this it was far more open. This is not what it was a few months ago, or this is bottle variation. Served as a pop and pour. 89+
(Poured blind, but I knew this was in the line-up) Initially whiff I got nice red fruits with lots of toasty oak. A few more huffs and this feels extracted, like deep red fruits, boardering on black, almost like dark plums or black raspberries. Definitely Pinot, and almost certainly Oregon. On the palate, really exuberant red fruits, very deep, lush, but feels extracted. Tastes like black raspberries and plum skins. On the finish, tart red fruits, but they are tending darker and feel thick, heavy and coating. Bitter, puckering tannins (both fruit and wood). Feeling out of balance from the wood all throughout. Definitely not a balanced wine, and not something I'd ever considering sticking in my cellar by the way its drinking now. I'm not saying it won't turn into something better, but I honestly wouldn't expect it to and wouldn't buy it as a result. Really surprising experience, and for me, this was drinking more like an Archery Summit wine than a DDO.
The 2008 Pinot Noirs had seemed to go off cycle the last. 6 months. However a taste of this wine this weekend showed that they were coming back. Berry fruit bouquet with a hint of tobacco. Taste was smooth berry fruit and this wine is developing nicely. Suggest it needs another 2-4 years to start hitting it's prime
Drank with Gail & Richard alongside a 2006 Laurene and 2002 Chehalem Reserve. Good wine, not showing quite as well as the 2006, but very close. Sleeping right now? Winemaker amazingly consistent in making this wine across such different vintages. Elegant, black fruits, moderate finish. We remember this wine as the wine of the flight at the Passport to Pinot IPNC finale this summer.
Sour cherry and earthy nose. Light extraction, medium to light body and mouthfeel. A bit of a dropoff mid palate. This is a very subtle and light Pinot... not for those looking for robust aromas and flavors. Personally, I think it's a little over-hyped a over-priced.