There’s a sumptuous oak character to this pinot, a blend drawn largely from Eola–Amity Hills sources including Zenith, Mark Vlossak’s estate vineyard. It takes a day for that nutty graham-cracker sweetness to recede, and when it does, some beautiful fruit is revealed, dark, concentrated and grippy. This needs a year in the cellar to knit.
A blend of young fruit and parcels adjacent to the Pinot Gris, the 2013 Pinot Noir Villages Cuvée comes from six vineyards (there are usually four) and sees a judicious 14% new oak. It has an attractive bouquet with red cherries and raspberry scents: simple but true. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannin, dark plum and raspberry at its core with a generous dash of cracked black pepper on the finish. While I would have preferred more complexity, one cannot argue at that price and it should be one to quaff with pleasure over the next 3 or 4 years. (NM)
Vivid red. Fresh raspberry and candied rose aromas are complemented by suggestions of spicecake and musky herbs. Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering intense red fruit and peppery spice flavors that slowly gain sweetness with air. This juicy, focused, nicely balanced Pinot Noir has the structure to reward at least a few more years of patience. (JR)
Fruit from six vineyards that comprise the winery’s vineyard-designate series is blended into this village cuvée. At first it seems stiff, almost severe, remaining tightly wound for hours. Gradually the fruit emerges, with rhubarb, cranberry and raspberry notes, and highlights of citrus rind in a high-acid finish.
Light and tangy, with a nice zip of acidity enlivening the cherry and black tea flavors. Finishes with modest intensity but real persistence. Drink now through 2019.
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