This is the first release from a new Oregon vintner. Appealing, open, fresh and fruity, it tags spicy cranberry and strawberry scents onto a well-made, soft and smooth Pinot. Supple tannins and just a hint of barrel toast complete the wine. —P.G.
The screwcap tells you that this is a wine for near-term, everyday enjoyment, and its unpretentious flavors will work in a variety of food settings. It’s a bit weedy, showing the more herbal/stemmy side of Oregon fruit, but there are also flavors of cola, wild berry and buttercream, this last softening the finish and cutting the acidity.
Estate-grown fruit is done here in a fresh, bright, citrusy style. Vivid and delicious, with snap and precision, this aromatic Pinot Noir has orange peel highlights and a pungent, tartly fruity palate. Food-friendly and nuanced, and a nice break from the jammy style.