The unusually cool vintage seems to have heightened and focused the white wines. This stainless steel-fermented wine is vivid and fresh, with complex fruits, orange peel, citrus, suggestions of ginger and even (as the winery points out) sea spray, this has it all.
Earthy and engaging, and a little bit rugged. Aromas of barnyard and Middle Eastern tahini set up a palate full of spiced-up curranty fruit. Light oak shows itself early in a finish that unfolds in layers, revealing complexity and class.
A beautiful wine, exceptionally smooth, supple and silky. It has youthful spice and fine, mixed red fruit and berry flavors. Harmonious, interesting and lively with a perfect blend of baking spices and crisp acids.
A feminine, almost soft Pinot Noir, this opens nicely with scents of roses, red fruits, and pine forest. Despite its light color, it has plenty of grip and density in the mouth, even bringing some streaks of light milk chocolate into the finish.
One of the strongest entry-level Oregon Pinots in our 1999 World Series, this year’s version again gives a solid performance. Smoke-tinged cherry and cranberry fruit, vanilla, tea and herb accents, and a velour-like mouthfeel provide plenty of pleasure. The long chocolaty finish has supple tannins. Drink now–2005.
A blend of barrels from three of the four estate vineyards, this toasty Pinot brings watermelon, strawberries and rhubarb pie fruit flavors along with black tea and cola. Though relatively light, it does not lack for flavor interest. A fine effort in a difficult year.