NORTH VALLEY VINEYARDS
The soils here are coarse-grained, ancient marine sediments layered over siltstone and sandstone. Pinot Noirs from Yamhill-Carlton display black and red fruits, noteworthy mineralogy and earth, with fine structure and balance.
Saturated, red/purple color in the glass. The wine expresses a fresh set of aromatics suggesting bing cherries, dark chocolate and rose petals, quite charming. Soft and gentle on the palate, we see the aromatic themes expanded to include flavors of kirsch and red delicious apple peel. A truly lovely, medium bodied Pinot Noir revealing lots of subtle complexity, a product of the collection of great vineyards that are its pedigree. Balanced and long on the finish with no rough edges, it is very forward, with sweet tannins.
“The new oak is neatly integrated on the nose, giving the fruit profile a lift, with hints of boysenberry and blackberry. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe black cherry and cranberry notes. I like the structure here and the whole cluster works well, lending a little freshness and wildness to the finish.”