92 points

Francis Tannahill 2012 The Hermit Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

This biodynamically farmed, single-vineyard wine has subtle extra dimensions. Delicate accents of truffle, earth, graphite, iron ore and coffee grounds add to a round, fulsome wine with black cherry fruit. The finish is a little chalky, but pairing with a fine fat fowl will take care of that.

 — P.G.   Published 8/1/2015
92 points

Francis Tannahill 2012 Jacob-Hart Vineyard Pinot Gris (Dundee Hills)

Sadly, this is the last vintage for this single-vineyard Pinot Gris. Oaky, spicy, buttery and rich, its mouthfilling flavors conjure up thoughts of that fabulous baked pear brioche you had at that little bakery in Paris. It’s ripe, fleshy and deliciously buttery, and it should be consumed right now.

 — P.G.   Published 8/1/2015
91 points

Francis Tannahill 2009 The Hermit Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

Beautifully structured, this very limited bottling offers complex, tightly wound, finely spun red fruit. The depth and detail suggest that further cellaring will be well rewarded.

 — P.G.   Published 10/1/2012
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91 points

Francis Tannahill 2008 Passito White (Oregon)

A blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier, this was made in the passito style—grapes were dried to concentrate sugars, then pressed and fermented. The result is a terrific and unusual dessert wine, with candied fruits mixing papaya, guava, banana, Meyer lemon and more. The center is simply lush and fruity; the…

 — P.G.   Published 6/1/2011
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90 points

Francis Tannahill 2007 Dragonfly Gewürztraminer (Washington)

Unctuous, floral and perfumed, this Washington-sourced Gewürztraminer is bold and fruity, lush and mouthfilling. It spreads out gracefully and fully across the palate, coating the tongue with a honeyed mix of citrus and tropical fruits, spiced up with a hint of garlic chive. Dense and concentrated, this is sure to…

 — P.G.   Published 10/1/2010
90 points

Francis Tannahill 2006 The Hermit Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)

This is a project of the same group that does A to Z wines; a careful blend of Pinot Noir from vineyards scattered widely across the length of the Willamette Valley. Dense, mixed red fruits, leaving an impression of spicy plum, work into a full-bodied midpalate with gentle hints of leather and fungus. Complex and…

 — P.G.   Published 12/15/2009
88 points

Francis Tannahill 2009 Dragonfly Gewurztraminer (Washington)

Dragonfly is sourced from Washington’s Columbia Gorge, though labeled simply as a Washington wine. Rich and off dry, it’s both floral and fleshy. Big fruit flavors of peach and apricot dominate.

 — P.G.   Published 9/1/2014
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88 points

Francis Tannahill 2011 The Hermit Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)

This opens with strong scents and flavors of stem and herb, and shows some potent tannins as well. Then along comes chewy cherry fruit, substantial and somewhat in hiding. Green tea, earth and a hint of baking spices suggest that further aging will help to pull it all together.

 — P.G.   Published 4/1/2014
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