Wines such as this prove that the so-called difficult 2011 vintage produced some truly exceptional Pinots in Oregon. A ridge of chocolate runs through a core of tangy plum and berry fruit. Hints of candied citrus peel elevate both the aromas and the finishing flavors. A strong base of crisp acidity suggests that this will cellar well through 2025 or longer.
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.