92 Points

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - This seems to be in a pretty good place right now. Drinking well on the pop, though even better an hour or two later. On the nose, relatively fresh, with a hint of funk playing a nice foil against otherwise sweet and aromatic pinot fruit. On the palate, relatively high alcohol, but still achieves a sense of balance and Oregon typicity. As compared to California offerings of similar alcohol content, this one is downright well-behaved. Not as earthy or pungent as some from Oregon, but not as overly extracted as many from California. I suspect that many Oregon fans might turn up their nose at this for the alcohol levels, but for me, this strikes a nice balance. That said, I don't this has the overall structure for long-term aging. I would say "drink now or in the next 12 months".

Thanks to my friend Aleks for introducing me to this bottling.

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