The 2014 Pinot Noir Arley's Leap has a fresh, vibrant bouquet with blackberry and briary fruit, a little darker than I was expecting, but still extremely well defined and "natural." The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well-integrated oak, smooth in texture with blackberry, raspberry and hints of vanilla pod towards the well-defined finish. Great potential. Cameron might not be a familiar name internationally speaking, however certainly within Oregon and among cognoscenti, John-Paul Cameron is a bastion of artisanal winemaking when around him, deluxe,state-of-the-art wineries are sprouting. Sure, these new arrivals unintentionally make Cameron's estate look a bit "shabby," but their wines are anything but. In some ways their ethos reminds me of Jean-François Coche... John-Paul was out doing the rounds when I visited, delivering his limited production wines directly to long-standing clients, apparently his favorite weekly chore. That reminded me of Coche-Dury - a renowned producer whose loyalty remains with his longstanding customers. John-Paul does not appear concerned with pursuing high prices for his wine or creating a brand image. He just makes the wines in a simple manner and then delivers them to contented customers. (NM)
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