This splendid, resonant, beautifully detailed wine captures everything that is most desirable in the 2014 vintage. Blackberry and black cherry fruit, adorned with a sprinkling of Sumatra coffee beans, rocks on with polished tannins. The pleasing roasted character is just right to power it through a clean, sexy finish. Drink now and on through 2026.
(36 percent new oak) Vivid ruby. Powerful, mineralaccented aromas of cherry, raspberry, potpourri, spicecake and a hint of blood orange show excellent clarity. Sappy and precise in the mouth, offering alluringly sweet red fruit liqueur and anise flavors and an exotic rose pastille quality that builds steadily on the back half. Shows impressive energy and focus and finishes with a snap of juicy acidity and lingering raspberry and floral pastille notes. These vines were planted in 1968, making them some of the oldest in the Willamette Valley. 2018 - 2024
This is the last remaining block of grapes from a vineyard planted in 1968 by Oregon pioneer Dick Erath. Yields are less than 1.5 tons per acre, and the wine’s aromatics are loaded with rose petals and cherry blossoms. Delicate and graceful, it disguises its power with subtle raspberry, blackberry, and cherry fruit. The finish is exceptional, long and complex, with subtle hints of coffee and caramel. Give this wine your full attention, and see how long it lingers. Editors’ Choice.
(40 percent new oak) Deep bright red. Smoky, minerallaced cherry, black raspberry and rose scents take on subtle notes of vanilla and cola as the wine opens up. Sappy, seamless red and dark berry flavors show impressive depth as well as vivacity thanks to a spine of juicy acidity. The floral and spice notes drive a very long, gently tannic finish, which is given verve by a late jab of blood orange. 2018 - 2023
The 2014 Pinot Noir Block B3 Old Vines is a new addition to the range, the vines planted in 1968 by Richard Erath. It was picked on 1 October and includes 5% whole cluster, matured for 15 months in 36% new French oak. The nose is vivacious and expressive with cranberry and wild strawberry scents, a fine sense of mineralité immediately apparent. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and fine tannin, quite tertiary and masculine with touches of dried herbs, and tobacco towards the finish. This has real personality and character, and should age with some style.
This intriguing category—white wine made from red grapes—finds another winner in this new release from Aberrant Cellars. A pale copper hue, it’s rich and full bodied, loaded with flavors of poached pear. Highlights of pepper and toast give way to a finish that somehow suggests Butterfinger candy. It’s flat-out gorgeous from start to finish.
Deep red. Potent smoke- and mineral-laced aromas of raspberry, cherry and tea rose, with a spicy element emerging with aeration. Displays very good clarity and vivacity on the palate, offering juicy red and dark berry flavors sweetened by a hint of vanilla. Silky, penetrating and spicy on the finish, which is framed by smooth, slow-building tannins.
Taut, focused and distinctive for a strong mineral streak that runs through the generous cherry and spice flavors, finishing with precision, persistence and balance. Drink now through 2023
Cabernet Franc and 12% Pinot Noir, sourced from widely separate vineyards throughout Oregon, is a surprising success. The flavors are ripe, recalling sweet mulberry and black-berry, and the polished tannins wrap it up nicely. Drink up.