Another bottle that proves the point about Willamette Valley’s exceptional Pinot Noir. Medium-bodied and nicely structured, with inviting freshness and a juicy, modest texture. Bright acidity almost steals the show right off the bat, but stay tuned for all that ripe red cherry and red plum with tea leaves and fresh cut herbs. As Jeb Dunnuck summarizes, this “is just a smoking good Pinot Noir.”
I love the appellation series from this estate and tasting through them is a great way to learn about the difference in regions on the West Coast. Starting with the 2018 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, it comes from multiple sites and saw 15% stems and 20% new French oak. Its deeper ruby/plum hue gives way to a medium-bodied Pinot Noir with a fresh, nicely structured style as well as terrific notes of black raspberries, strawberries, dried herbs, wood smoke, and earth. It's balanced, has nicely integrated acidity, and is just a smoking good Pinot Noir.