"Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2015 Pinot Noir Silice Vineyard has an animal/meaty nose with savory notes of baking bread and Marmite over a core of kirsch, bay leaves, pepper, black raspberries and red currant preserves. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of chewy tannins and just enough freshness to support the muscular fruit, finishing long."
92 points Wine Enthusiast
"Formerly the deLancellotti vineyard, Silice brings fresh, supple flavors of bright raspberry and cherry fruit. A distinctive ashy stone note forms the bassline, holding the finish firm. It should benefit from another year of bottle age. Or give it a long decant to enjoy now."
"2015 was their first vintage with 100% whole bunch, having started with zero whole bunch. Chehalem is quite a large sub-AVA with a range of soil types, though here they have marine sediment. Ponzi was the pioneer. They can gets microbursts of hailstorms over this vineyard and in this vintage he lost 70% of the crop. Biodynamic farming. Lots of shatter in spring. Clusters quite large but few clusters so lots of UV and thick skins. Very warm year. He used to pick in the fourth week in Sept and now in the first week. Had to pick early and had to be careful with tannins.
Bright cherry red. Red- and dark-fruited but sweeter and riper than the Eyrie Outcrop 2014 with no excess sweetness. Red cherry fruit – breathtakingly pure. You barely see the stem effect at first except in the upright tannins and some herbal character and a touch medicinal. Stems show a little more as the wine opens. Juicy and fresh and so beautifully balanced. Super-subtle and incredibly long. Becomes a little more overtly stemmy with time in the glass. Definitely more chewy. 18/20 points (JH)"
Country United States
Product Type Red
Bottle Size 750ml
Variety Pinot Noir