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Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills

2014 Vintage

95 points- Josh Raynolds, Vinous
"Bright red. Suave, smoke-accented aromas of raspberry preserves, pungent flowers, incense and cola, along with a hint of allspice in the background. Sappy and expansive on the palate, offering intense red berry, allspice and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by a jolt of zesty acidity. Shows superb clarity and spicy bite on a long, penetrating finish shaped by silky, even tannins. The interplay of power and finesse here is really something." Drinking window 2020-2027

"What a beautifully floral nose with orchid, pressed violets, lavender and brambleberries. Compact and medium-bodied this is lined by fine tannins and fresh acidity which brings things to an almond-like finish. Drink now."

2013 Vintage

91 points-  Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
"There is a pleasing sense of vibrancy on the bouquet with marachino, raspberry and blood orange aromas that are well defined and energetic. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit ont he entry; good weight in the mouth, saline with brine-tinged finish. This is a very well-crafted, personality-driven Pinot Noir that will give a decade's worth of pleasure."

90 points- The Wine Enthusiast 
"This bottling, all estate, mixes a number of different vineyard blocks. Roughly one-third was whole-cluster fermentation, and it all spent 17 months in 58% new French Oak. earthy with a hint of resin and bark, its fruit runs to cranberry and raspberry, fully ripened with excellent concentration. The finish is a bit high-toned, leaving an impression of tart pie cherries."