93 points James Suckling
"Aromas of red berries, violets and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with bright, driving acidity. Strawberry and red cherry. The fresh fruit is carried by slightly tight tannins. Very energetic. Unfiltered. Drink or hold."
92 points Wine Spectator
"Refined and structured, with savory cherry, crushed stone and black tea flavors that finish with broad-shouldered tannins."
92 points Wine & Spirits
"This wine leads with oak and cinnamon-stick spice, a little muddled at first, but after a few moments herbal, floral components—hibiscus and red fruits, like cranberry and pomegranate, come to the fore. That fruit deepens with air, cordoned off with the mineral grip of the tannins."
Vinous Reverie Notes
The Basalte Pinot Noir is our bedrock bottling from the Willamette Valley. It is sourced from vineyards in two AVAs - Chehalem Mountains and Dundee Hills - that have fairly thin volcanic clay topsoil over fractured basalt. This type of very rocky soil lends itself to full-bodied, firmly structured wines. The Basalte captures this expressive character of the soil, with deep red fruit and a fine tannic structure that maintains the elegant style we are seeking.