(2013 Vintage) Erath produces Pinot Noir from several different sites in the Willamette Valley viticultural area. “Reserve” quality lots are chosen from the best sites and blended to make this Estate Selection cuvée. The volcanic-based Jory and Nekia soils are predominant in these sites and give the wines their distinctive aroma and flavor profiles, and elegant, age-worthy structure. Fruit focused in their youth, our Estate Selection Pinots gain additional complexity and sophistication when cellared for three to eight years.
Estate Selection is a blend of the finest vineyard sites from across the Willamette Valley. Vibrant aromas of spiced red plum and orange blossom highlight this outstanding vintage of reserve-quality Estate Selection Pinot Noir. Melt-in-your mouth chocolate, caramel and bright red fruit flavors, with a hint of dusky bay leaf, comprise a sweet confluence of taste sensations. Each sip is lively and mouth-filling, with perfectly balanced acidity offering a spicy, lingering finish
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) Bright, red-cherry fruit and suggestions of plums are juxtaposed with a deft bit of oak in both the aromas and flavors of this pert and mannerly young wine. More precise than potent and long on the palate, it is just a bit tight as Oregon Pinot is wont to be, but its unwavering focus on fruit makes for easy predictions of goods things several years hence.
International Wine Cellar(2006 Vintage) Bright red. Fresh red and dark berries on the nose, with hints of brown spices and flowers. Fleshy raspberry and blackberry flavors are framed by silky tannins and given lift by a tangy mineral quality. Finishes clean and brisk, with a strong echo of red berries.
Wine Spectator(2011 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/2014
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/17/2013