94 points Wine Enthusiast
"The alcohol is a point or so lower than 2016’s, but if anything the wine is even better. Dusty aromatics conjure up soft scents of barnyard and earth. The flavors are built upon ripe cherry fruit and fine tannins, streaked with tea, tobacco and graphite. There’s just enough lemony acidity to complete a perfectly structured wine that’s ready already, but that can be cellared for up to a decade."
94 points Wine Spectator
"Shows grace and presence, with compelling and complex raspberry, dusky spice and orange tea flavors that build richness toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026."
93+ Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2017 Pinot Noir AEolian "is usually a blend of our younger fruit," says winemaker Ben Casteel. "I'm curious about massal selection because, at some point, we will have to replant half the property. So, I'm interested in seeing what those young vines can do on the same soil." Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, it opens with bright, inviting blueberries, boysenberries, crushed black cherries, baking spice, warm earth, tree bark, dried violet and potpourri. It’s medium-bodied and lushly fruited in the mouth with lots of spicy nuance, grainy and fresh with a long, layered finish. So classy! This is approachable now but has the fruit and structure to age very well."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Named for the wind that defines our EolaAmity Hills AVA, the Aeolian Pinot Noir is our vehicle to explore the dynamic evolving landscape that we farm. The sense of place and specificity that we value most highly in our wines takes many years to evolve. With our oldest vines we allow each block to speak for itself in a separate bottling. The secondgeneration vines at Bethel Heights, on the other hand, are just beginning to find their voice. In these years in between, the Aeolian allows us the freedom to dream of what lies beyond the horizon. The 2017 Vintage was our sixth very warm vintage in a row. Fortunately we had quite a lot of rain in the winter and early spring; total rainfall for the year was almost 20 inches above normal. The summer overall was hot and dry, punctuated by a couple of significant hot spells in August and early September with consecutive days over 100 degrees, but September cooled down mercifully, with a few brief rain events that helped maintain freshness in the vineyard through the final ripening phase.