Brilliant ruby-red. Smoke-tinged cherry, dark berries, candied flowers and a hint of vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show impressive depth and turn sweeter on the back half. Finishes very long and chewy, with a resonating floral quality, repeating spiciness and youthfully solid tannins that avoid intruding on the wine's juicy, lingering dark fruit. (16% whole clusters and 50% new French oak)
2016 CHEHALEM MOUNTAIN VINEYARD, BLOCK B3 OLD VINES PINOT NOIR
Vivid magenta. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, baking spices, cola, candied rose and musky underbrush. Blends power and delicacy with a sure hand, offering sweet black raspberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and black tea flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. The floral and spice notes drive an impressively long, well-delineated finish that features dusty tannins and a strong whiplash of sweet dark berries.
Sourced from a vineyard planted in 1968 by Oregon pioneer Dick Erath, this complex and textural effort melds together brambly blackberry fruit with elements of spice, sassafras, and mocha. The wine is nicely layered through the lingering finish. It should continue to drink well through 2025. Editors’ Choice.
Limpid red. Potent cherry and black raspberry scents are complemented by suggestions of violet, musky underbrush, and cocoa powder. Chewy and tightly focused on entry and then more supple in the midpalate, offering appealingly sweet red and dark berry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Finishes long and chewy, with resonating florality; subtle, steadily building tannins add framework and support. (25% new French oak)
Produced and bottled by Aberrant Cellars, this Southern Oregon, Bordeaux-style blend is made from 35% Carmenère, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 15% Malbec. Blackberry fruit, cola and light details of earth and wood are set in a well-structured, polished frame.
This new imprint from Aberrant Cellars is off to a good start. The barrel fermented Chardonnay offers excellent texture and detail, with elements of clover, citrus, apple and pear, along with juicy acidity. Some 20% spent time in new French oak, adding a welcome softness and a touch of butter to the finish.
This young wine needs a bit more time to soften up the stiff tannins and meld its components...
This is rather tight and tannic for a grape that is more often fruity and forward. Flavors of blueberries and graphite come up, with hints of