In 2009 this estate-grown Pinot Noir appears to have been pushed to the limit, with alcohol at 15% behind concentrated, cherry cordial-flavored fruit. Nonetheless it seems in perfect balance, with excellent focus and a genuine sense of terroir. Sassafras and cola add complexity to a lingering, concentrated finish.
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.