A reserve that is also a finesse wine. De Ponte's regular 2006 Pinot Noir packs plenty of juicy power; what's added here is not more jam, but more detail. The wine is layered, the tight berry and currant fruit flavors threaded with mineral and chocolate, spice and coffee. Delicious already, it should cellar well for another 8–10 years.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.