2006 Panther Creek Cellars Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Willamette Valley
5 Ratings
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5 Ratings
2006 Panther Creek Cellars Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Willamette Valley

Winemaker's Notes

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `The 2006 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard was aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak. Dark ruby-colored the enticing bouquet exhibits spice notes pomegranate and assorted black fruits. On the palate earth notes and cola make an appearance. Nicely structured with good depth concentration and balance it should evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020.` (10/08) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: `Lovely scents of blue and black berries open into an excellent wine from this well-known vineyard. Cherry cola and molasses flesh out the midpalate read more...flavors and the fruit has a brambly quality that is almost like Zinfandel. Expressive and detailed.` (04/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: `Vivid red. Candied cherry and dark berries on the nose with complicating floral and smoky mineral qualities adding complexity. Sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors are braced by tangy minerals and pick up a deeper cola note with air. Expands in the glass ga (hide)

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: `The 2006 Pinot Noir Freedom Hill Vineyard was aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak. Dark ruby-colored the enticing bouquet exhibits spice notes pomegranate and assorted black fruits. On the palate earth notes and cola make an appearance. Nicely structured with good depth concentration and balance it should evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2020.` (10/08) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: `Lovely scents of blue and black berries open into an excellent wine from this well-known vineyard. Cherry cola and molasses flesh out the midpalate read more...flavors and the fruit has a brambly quality that is almost like Zinfandel. Expressive and detailed.` (04/09) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: `Vivid red. Candied cherry and dark berries on the nose with complicating floral and smoky mineral qualities adding complexity. Sweet black raspberry and cherry flavors are braced by tangy minerals and pick up a deeper cola note with air. Expands in the glass ga (hide)

Expert Reviews
  • Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 06/09. This wine, from one of the Willamette Valley's older vineyards in Oregon's Coast Range, is showing plenty of fresh black cherry aromas. There's also generous, chocolatey oak that firms it up with warm tannins. Still youthful and a bit unsettled; a year in the cellar should give it more definition.