90 points Wine Enthusiast
"With each new vintage, Oregon vintners seem to deliver more and more quality in affordable (under $25) Pinot Noirs. Here's a good one. Light and peppery, varietal and balanced, it's an easy-drinking wine with details of citrus rind. It shows the delicate complexity of the grape without relying on new oak barrels to add extra weight. Enjoy this over the next two or three years." *Editor's Choice*
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Each vineyard parcel was harvested separately, at peak maturity and brought into the cellar cold. A blend of Pinot Noir from Chalice Estate Vineyard, Winter’s Hill Vineyard (11%) and Menefee Vineyard (8%), this wine showcases the quality and diversity of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This is a versatile wine, which will pair well with a variety of foods. The fruit was gently destemmed, into stainless steel tanks and to 1.25 ton open top fermenters, to ferment as individual vineyard parcels. Once fermentation was complete, the tanks and fermenters were pressed separately and then barrel aged. After aging through July the lots were blended together to build complexity.