The 2012 Pinot Noirs from Nicholas Vineyard benefitted from a storybook warm, dry summer and full ripeness at harvest. They show the vineyard’s signature dusty elegance, acids to support structure and retain a lovely purple/ruby hue.
French oak barrels: 21% new, 8% once-filled
Clones: 20% 114, 20% 115, 20% 667, 20% 777, 20% Pommard
Virtually equal contributions from the original five blocks of Pinot Noir planted in 2001. This wine represents the original vineyard plantings and shows the signature dusty fruits, roses and acidity.
91 points Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar “Fresh red berries, rose oil and peppery spices on the smoky nose. Offers gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors plus a suggestion of bitter chocolate, with zesty acidity adding definition and lift. Closes clean, spicy and long, with a touch of candied flowers, subtle sweetness and no obvious tannins. Distinctly elegant for the year and drinking very nicely right now. “
94 points PinotFile”Lovely aromas of fresh cherry coulis and sandalwood. Delicious array of mid weight fruit flavors including black cherry and black raspberry with plenty of spice and a graceful oak sheen. Impressive harmony with remarkable persistence on the royal finish.”
Double Gold, 2015 Oregon Wine Awards
Pioneer's Award for Best Pinot Noir: Savor Northwest Wine Competition
"Alluring floral and damp earth scents wow the nose. In the mouth it’s ethereal and silky smooth, with notes of fresh chopped herbs, dusty cherry, black raspberry, anise and hints of toasted oak. Smartly composed, it is lively and graceful with a long lasting, memorable finish." Ellen Landis, Ellen on Wine