Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 26290
James Suckling 96
"Terrific density and intensity here with orange peel, white peaches and strawberries. Full body, great texture and magnificent length. Polished, velvety tannins that remain supple. A wine with great aging potential. Wow. Better in 2019. Publish Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016"
Wine Advocate 92+
"The 2014 Yamhill-Carlton District Pinot Noir, which is principally sourced from Gran Moraine, includes 20% whole cluster fruit and is aged in 30% new French oak. This has a seam of chalk dust infusing the red berry fruit, mixed with rose petal and iris scents. This is well defined and earthy. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red fruit, a little more structured than its Ribbon Ridge counterpart, with fine salinity towards the bay leaf-tinged finish. It does not quite possess the persistence that would merit it a higher evaluation, however, it still constitutes a well-crafted, quite "punchy" Pinot Noir that should repay time in bottle."
Wine Spectator 92
"Bright and sleek, polished and expressive, offering raspberry, cherry, cinnamon and floral notes that swirl into a long and lively finish. Best from 2018 through 2024. 450 cases made. –HS"
Vinous Media 92
"Vivid red. Lively, intensely perfumed raspberry, Asian spice and potpourri scents are complicated by hints of woodsmoke and white pepper. Silky in texture and alluringly sweet; juicy acidity provides spine and lift to juicy red fruit liqueur, spicecake and rose pastille flavors. This concentrated but nervy Pinot finishes with suave, even tannins, excellent focus and very persistent floral character. -- Josh Raynolds"
"We had such standout examples that we had a rare opportunity to make single sub-AVA bottlings," explained proprietor Tony Soter as we entered one of several tasting "lodges" like satellites around the main winery. Unfortunately, it was a particularly foggy January afternoon, so the purportedly splendid vista across the vineyards was postponed for another day. He was joined by his wingman, winemaker James Cahill. “You only have one chance to make an impression,” James remarked. “There was such a broad window of harvest - it was all on the table in front of us. 2012 is uncommonly concentrated to the point where they are almost not typical of Oregon. But in 2013 there will not be any because the conditions were not favorable and we only bottled 60% [of production]. We found distinctive stylistic elements that made it worth bottling. We have more confidence with older vines in using the stems as they tend to be fully lignified, but it can be anywhere between 0 and 50%. It adds another layer of complexity, but you have to pay attention to seed tannins and it can mar a lot of Pinot Noirs."
About North Valley
The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal wines, and it is in the Northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found - an epicenter we refer to as the North Valley - which includes all of the defined sub-appellations (the Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton, etc.). It is from within this region of rolling hillsides and diverse soils that veteran winegrowers James Cahill and Tony
Soter, along with North Valley partners, Brian Sypher and Michelle Soter, source certified sustainable vineyards of real “Cru” quality for these personality-driven wines. Meticulous, hands-on attention to farming practices throughout the growing season from flowering through harvest, and minimal handling in the winery, assures a resulting level of quality normally associated exclusively with estate grown wines - in fact, we think of each vineyard site we work with as if it were a “satellite estate property”, as a statement of our genuine commitment to making the best wines we can.