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July 31, 2019 | Jonathan Ziemba

James Suckling Reviews 2017 Oregon Pinot Noir

This summer, James Suckling's Oregon critic Nick Stock returned to the Willamette Valley, this time to taste and review the 2017 wines. He found the wines "delivered a strong unified impression of rich flavors, structure and balance."

Nicolas Jay was among the highest scored wines tasted. Our 2017 Momtazi Vineyard received 95 points, and is "a very impressive pinot that has a spirited, lively style with abundantly fresh and fleshy red cherries, as well as dark peaches and nectarines."

The 2017 Nysa, from an old-vine, high-elevation site in the Dundee Hills, received 93 points, and displays "dark-cherry aromas sit amid dried wood, spices and bracken with a layer of leaves and earth here, too. The palate has quite a plush and smoothly succulent feel with an elegant, long and lithe, dark-cherry core that finishes impressively focused and fresh."

The 2017 Bishop Creek, from the oldest vines on our estate vineyard, displayed characteristic black fruit, and was scored 93: "Very attractive aromas of violet flowers and blueberries sit in a fresh array of earth and spice complexity. The palate has a sleek and fluid build with a very polished core of fresh, fine tannin."

Note: The 2017 Single Vineyard wines will be released in April 2020 by allocation to our Confrerie. 

The 2017 Willamette Valley, released this fall along with our Chardonnay received 92 points "Very attractive, ripe red and dark cherries, framed in ground espresso, leading to a rich, red-cherry and plum palate that has abundant flesh and spicy, cherry-pip tang to close"


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