Vinous - October 2015 - Josh Raynolds

 

Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvée 2014 - Willamette Valley - 87 points

"Light, bright red. Fresh, spicy scents of redcurrant and strawberry show good clarity. Taut, nervy and refreshingly bitter on the palate, offering light-bodied red fruit and orange zest flavors accented by a touch of white pepper. Closes tight, spicy and dry, with good cut and length."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

 

 

Pinot Noir 2012 - Willamette Valley - 90 points

"Brilliant red. Red berries, fresh rose and smoky Indian spices on the pungent nose. Chewy and sharply focused, displaying good lift and spine to its ripe cherry and raspberry flavors, with a peppery element emerging with air. Turns sweeter on the finish, which features dusty tannins and a touch of cola."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

 

Pinot Noir 2012 - Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley - 91 points

"Vivid ruby-red. A highly perfumed, exotic bouquet evokes ripe red berries, allspice, potpourri and incense. Lithe and sharply focused on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and redcurrant flavors that deepen and become sweeter with air. In a fresh, racy style that reminds me a lot of Chambolle-Musigny. Closes long, sweet and seamless, with just a whisper of tannins coming late."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous 

PINOT NOIR 2012 - Eola Amity Hills, Willamette Valley - 91 points

"Dark Red. Intense mineral- and smoke-accented aromas of dark berries, cherry and dried rose, with a hint of cola building in the glass. Shows very good clarity and power on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors with a suggestion of spicecake. Finishes with a jolt of tangy acidity, building tannins and strong floral persistence."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard 2012 - Eola Amity Hills, Willamette Valley - 93 points

"Deep red. High-pitched, sharply focused aromas of red berries, rose pastille, vanilla and five-spice powder pick up hints of licorice and sassafras with air. Smooth, sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated raspberry liqueur and spicecake flavors enlivened by a refreshingly bitter note of blood orange. Combines power and finesse with a deft hand and finishes sweet and very long, with lingering spiciness and supple tannins.In the context of top-notch Oregon Pinot this wine is an utter steal."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous 

Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard 2012 - Eola Amity Hills, Willamette Valley - 92 points

"Brilliant red. Deeply pitched aromas of dark berries, cola and lavender, with suggestions of woodsmoke and star anise in the background. Juicy and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated cherry and dark berry flavors that become livelier with air. Rich and full yet surprisingly lithe, this intense, fruit-driven wine finishes with supple tannins and strong thrust."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous 

Pinot Noir Cancilla Vineyard 2012 - Willamette Valley - 92 points

"Red with a bright rim. Powerful red and dark berry and cola aromas are complicated by smoky minerals, lavender and allspice. Sweet, fleshy and smooth, offering concentrated blackberry and spicecake flavors and a sexy floral pastille flourish. Shows excellent lift and thrust on the persistent finish, which features silky tannins and a repeating note of candied flowers."

-Josh Raynolds, Vinous