Luminous and plum-colored, this wine seduces from the start. The aromas suggest perfectly ripened but not raisined or jammy fruit; there’s a pleasing mix of sweet strawberry and cherry candy highlighted with streaks of fresh earth and leaf. Beautifully proportioned, this wine is selected from the best barrels of the oldest estate vineyards.
Very soft and smooth—like a Michel Rolland version of a Pinot Noir. The berry/cherry flavors are velvety and clean, the tannins supple, the palate seamless. The tang to the finish, showing some unintegrated acids, is the only jarring note.
This is a blend of five different Dundee Hills sites, and as is often the case in Oregon, delivers more accessible and complete flavors than some of the winery’s individual vineyard-designated wines. It’s herbal and spicy, with strong scents of tomato leaf and root beer. The fruit is tart and clean, and the wine comes out swinging, but then it falls away in the…
Light and supple, this pleasant effort is several cuts above the more generic Oregon bottling. Aged in French oak, 40% of it new, the pretty blackberry and black cherry fruit is washed with light, buttery toast. It’s well-modulated and balanced.
Elegant, classy, in a lighter style, but nuanced with subtle suggestions of meat, mixed fruits and cinnamon. This is not a big wine, nor does it overreach itself. Balanced and clean, with the sort of supple tang that suggests it will improve in the cellar.
Perhaps because it is a blended wine, the Estate Selection is showing better fruit than many of Erath’s single-vineyard Pinots in 2010. Light, pretty cherry fruit comes with a note of milk chocolate from barrel aging. It’s nicely balanced with a medium-length finish.