89(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , July/August 2011
Deep red. Dark cherry, licorice, dried flowers and smoky oak on the nose, with subtle floral nuances emerging with aeration. Supple and round but a bit backward today, offering firm, slightly dry dark berry flavors and a hint of cracked pepper. The floral note repeats on the ripe, punchy finish. This big boy needs a little bottle age.
87 Points | Wine Spectator
89 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
This was my review from 1/13/12: "Opened a bottle two weeks after case arrived. Harsh, harsh, undrinkable. Will wait 6 months to open others and report back." Opened a bottle March 20, 2012 --- now over two months since it arrived. Much better. Needed a few minutes to open in teh glass. Smooth, pleasant. Would rate 3.5. Good value.
Keep this a few years
This is quite "green" at this point. Keep it for 3 years or so - it should be a special bottle of wine at that point.
Good forward fruit with strong mineral body and smooth tanic finish.
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Bright cherry up front, as you would expect, but has a nice long finish. Nice mouthfeel from some silky tannins. A nice surprise
A bit light.
Packaging is average, my sense is this is an acceptable example of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, but nothing more than simply that. It obviously can use some air and patience to get the most out of it, but not particularly interesting or complex.
Not yet, if ever.
Opened a bottle two weeks after case arrived. Harsh, harsh, undrinkable. Will wait 6 months to open others and report back.
Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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