2007 was a classic, cool Oregon vintage, similar to
2005 (and 1999 and 2001) and very different from
2006 – our hottest vintage on record. In 2007,
the summer provided adequate heat to ripen the
fruit, and the fall finished cool, allowing the grapes
to fully express their varietal character without
losing acidity and without accumulating excessive
amounts of sugar, as Pinot noir tends to do in hot
In the end, 2007 gave us wines with moderate
alcohol, bright acidity, and pure fruit character.
As our winemaker said, "2007 needed very little
intervention in the winery. The work was all done
in the vineyard."
"My favorite of the collection is the 2007 Pinot Noir Casteel Reserve, a selection of the best blocks on the property. It is the most deeply colored as well as the most fragrant. Asian spices, incense, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas lead to a layered wine with tons of succulent fruit, 2-3 years of aging potential, and a long, pure finish. It will offer pleasure through 2022."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated ruby-red. Pungent, deeply pitched aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, star anise and mocha, with a subtle floral quality that gains strength with air. Juicy, penetrating cherry and dark berry preserve flavors are framed by supple tannins that gain strength on the back half. At once rich and lively, with impressive finishing breadth, precision and spicy persistence. Shows very good depth for the vintage, as well as the briskness of the year, and should reward several years of bottle aging."
International Wine Cellar