This is a complex wine that reflects the heat of the afternoon sun, the cool, windy evenings, and the rustic soils of the McMinnville hills while retaining the dark beauty of its intense, ripe fruit. It is aromatically complex with layers of blue and black fruit, Indian spices, coffee hints, and pepper. In the mouth the blue/black fruit flavors and eastern spice notes are layered with a "sauvage" sense of wildness. Texturally layered, its flavors vary in intensity and quality over your tongue and palate. Ample ripe tannins balance with its acidity into a finish that integrates both its dark, wild fruit and nuanced spices.
Serve with braised meats, stews, sausages, or cassoulet. It can be enjoyed in its youth after decanting for two hours or more and will develop over a decade.
"A high-toned and exceptionally pretty mix of plum, spice, red currant and black raspberry merges into energetic and estimably pure medium weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the dusty, complex, balanced and impressively persistent finish. A wine of harmony and
"Deep, bright red. Red berries and herbs on the nose, with a suave floral quality in the background. Dry and tightly wound on entry, offering zesty redcurrant and pomegranate flavors that gain weight with air. This linear, very young wine shows good balance and focus, and its brisk, mineral-driven finish shows a sneaky sweetness. Should be fun to follow.
International Wine Cellar
Smooth & Supple
I am a great fan of Oregon Pinot Noirs and have drunk them from most vineyards there. This ranks among the best.