The 2008 McCrone shows the typicity of the marine based soils of the Willamette Valley region. Bramble fruits in the nose, particularly black raspberry, and leather, anise, fresh turned earth and blueberry on the palate. 2008 as a vintage has excellent natural acidity and structure.
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Carter Vineyard from a site planted in 1983 and farmed by Ken Wright for the past 10 years, is dark ruby red with a sexy nose of underbrush, cherry blossom, spice box, and assorted black fruits. Rounder, richer, and a bit more concentrated than the preceding wines, it displays an outstanding integration of oak, acidity, and tannin, a velvety texture, and a lengthy, pure finish. It merits 3-4 years of cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from 2013 to 2023."
The Wine Advocate
"Silky, supple and distinctive for the deep mineral flavors that weave through dark berry, cherry and currant fruit, sailing easily into a cloud of fine tannins on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2018. 920 cases made."
"Still quite young, but showing real depth and layering, the McCrone vineyard designate offers pomegranate and raspberry fruit, dusted with baking spices, and finished with a tasty vein of mocha. This is a wine to enjoy in the full bloom of its youth."
"Vivid red. An exotically perfumed bouquet offers scents of cherry, redcurrant, violet and medicinal orange bitters. Succulent red fruit flavors show a pleasantly brisk quality and gain depth and weight with air. The tannins come on late, as do bitter herb and spice notes that linger on the impressively long finish. Here's another wine that really deserves some patience. Rating: 91+"
International Wine Cellar