Top Three 2009 Oregon Pinot Noirs: San Francisco Chronicle Sheila and Nick Nicholas faithfully maintain the Oregon vision of small-scale charm with their estate near Newberg. This bottling, from all five estate blocks, offers a classic profile aged in mostly older oak that hints at a lighter style for the vintage. Minty, cool and shady, with camphor and bayberry, and a wonderful floral accent. Almost ethereal in its subtle red fruit, but still built to age.
Highly Recommended: Northwest Palate Direct herb-accented accents of red cherries with subtle tones of graham and earth. Bright tastes of initially sweet cherry fruit have force on the tongue and quickly evolve with darker notes of tart dried cherries, raspberries and a touch of tart cranberry. Still, a sense of fruit sweetness lingers on the mid-palate, joined by both mineral tones and floral notes of dried rose petals. Elegant acidity adds verve, and the merest hint of polished tannins frames the fruit well. An elegant wine with great flavor and a sense of style.
Top 100 Wines of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle
90 Points: Wine Enthusiast This elegant, Burgundian wine carries nuanced flavors of cranberry, crabapple, raspberry and beet root. Tart and acidic, with nicely-balanced tannins, it neither masks nor apologizes for its herbal aspect. Excellent length and structure.
Gold Medal: Oregon Wine Awards
Gold Medal: Northwest Wine Summit
Barrels: 16% New French Oak
Clones: 37% Dijon clone 667
18% Dijon clone 115
13% Dijon clone 114
15% Dijon clone 777
Our flagship wine represents the entire vineyard with all five mature blocks of Pinot Noir included in the final blend.
This seamless wine is perfect with salmon and other fish dishes as well as lean meats and lightly seasoned dishes.
Bottled in recycled Ecoglass: 25% less weight than our previous glass and made in USA.