This vintage was aged for 14 months in French oak and is a total production of only 340 cases.
The first thing I want to mention is the color of this wine which is darker then the standard Pinot Noir bottling from this winery that I previously reviewed. It's still relatively transparent which is indicative of the vintage, but it is a tad darker in shade.
On the nose I immediately noticed an intense bouquet of chalk and mineral. However, as the wine continues to open up I'm noticing a pronounced black licorice and graham cracker type aroma, along with delineated fruit notes of ripe cherry and mixed berry preserves.
If you're into the chameleon effect when it comes to your wines like I am, then let this wine breathe for awhile and it will change every time you smell it!
On the palate this wine is an absolute stunner! Although at first it appeared that it could be a terroir driven, mineral-type play, this Pinot absolutely sings fruit purity. I get beautiful cherry fruit, but also red plum, cranberry, and tart red raspberry.
The finish is extremely long, penetrating, mouthwatering, and is laced with some really nice toasted oak and spice notes.
This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir with perfect balance and purity. It's packed with powerful fruit flavors but is in no way over-extracted or intruded by oak. It's really Oregon at it's finest, especially in a slightly unpredictable and difficult vintage such as 07'. 94 points