(From 2005 Vintage) "Vivid redcolor. Bitter cherry and darkchocolate flavors are energized by dusty minerals and given grip byyouthful tannins. Gains depth and sweetness on the sappy finish, whichfinishes with dark berries."By Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/Jun 08"The 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve wasblended from only 10 barrels which consistently excelled in ourtastings. The final blend was determined not only by the excellence ofthe individual wines, but also their ability to harmonize and add adeeper dimension to the whole. This is a deeply expressive read more...wine, withthe full ripe plum and black raspberry tones indicative of thevineyard. 213 cases."Winery Notes"Recommended...Appealing,pure Pinot aromas of black cherry fruit and subtle forest floor toneslead into a juicy mouthfeel of rich plum and blackberry fruitiness,with graham and cinnamon accents and soft, fine-grained tannins. Thelush fruit and good structure call for pairing with a wild morel tart."Northwest Palate, July/August 2007 "ThisPinot Noir has more power and structure than the bottling above andwill need a few years in the cellar to flesh out. That said, it'scompletely fine now, with charming notes of black fruits, earth, cocoaand spice." Rusty Gaffney: PinotFile Vol 6, Issue 36"Apretty nose of deeply pitched dark cherry with a background hint ofplum is trimmed in discreet if not invisible oak that merges into rich,full, sweet and concentrated flavors that possess good focus andreasonably good detail as well on the sappy and persistent finish wherethe wood resurfaces just enough to slightly sweeten the finish wherethere is also a subtle trace of warmth. This is delicious and fairlyforward so it could be approached now with pleasure or cellared for ayear or two. 88/2008+" Burghound.com, October 2007. Comments by Allen Meadows (hide)
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San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines This spicy, expressive take is full of bright, tenser notes (perhaps from nearly 40 percent use of the more structured 667 clone). An energetic wine, heady with fennel, toasted spices, moss, bright raspberry and a lemon-peel edge. Layers of bright Pinot fruit deliver immediate pleasure, but clearly have potential to evolve. 90 points: Wine Advocate An alluring nose of cedar, smoke, incense, rose petal, and cherry. This is followed by a medium-bodied, intense, tightly wound wine with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, excellent volume, and plenty of length. It will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2020. 90 points: Tanzer Sexy, pungent aromas of wild strawberry, smoked meat, dried rose and underbrush; very perfumed and expressive. Then sweet, plush and silky, with impressive volume to the red and dark fruit flavors. This seamless, high-pitched, juicy wine boasts surprising stuffing and finishes with very good sweetness and length. Fine-grained tannins sneak in with air and add structure without taking away from the lively fruit. DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL Oregon Wine Awards French oak barrels: 18% New, 12% One-Year-Old, 70% Neutral Clones: 37% 667; 22% Pommard;16% 115; 13% 114; 12% 777 Cases produced: 1,000