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Points and Press - 2002 Vintage

Food & Wine, October 2004

"With an estate in the Chehalem mountains, this winery specializes in cool-climate growing. The Pinot gris is bold, with a honeyed finish."

Wine & Spirits, April 2004

90 Points: 2002 Pinot noir Stony Mountain
"Broad and a bit over the top, this wine has a spicy, generous oak component to go with all that extraction. Its deep red cherry fruit squares off the texture in the mid-palate, and its flavors, from an exuberant vintage, are hard to resist. The wine also has admirable length - mostly chocolate from oak for now - but that should become less demonstrative in time." - Patrick Comiskey

89 Points: 2002 Pinot noir Meredith Mitchell
"This wine is initially very blue and herbal in the glass, cool in tone and clean in flavor, but also a little peppery and short, betraying a youthful exuberance (and a touch of petulance) that will certainly settle with time. Let it rest for nine months, then pour with a wild mushroom tart." - Patrick Comiskey

88 Points: 2002 Pinot noir Shea
"So earthy and deep in the glass it recalls syrah, and it's packed with exotic flavors of spice, dusty cocoa and black cherry. This wine doesn't appear very pinot-like now, but should find its voice with time. For those who like their pinots big." - Patrick Comiskey

87 Points: 2002 Pinot noir Reserve
"The aromas in the glass at first seem kirsch-like, then acquire some depth with a little air; but the wine remains tightly coiled and a little absent in the mouth, its tightness magnified by heat. Tame it with rouladen or beef." - Patrick Comiskey

Northwest Palate, March/April 2004

Recommended: 2002 Pinot noir Reserve
"Aromas of cherry/berry fruit, with hints of light toast and herb. Very youthful on the palate, with cherry and blueberry flavors. Angular and very grapey. Cellar 1-2 years for integration."

Recommended: 2002 Pinot noir Stony Mountain
"Deep aromas of black cherry, plum and barrel toast. Full-bodied flavor of ripe black cherry fruit balances toastiness. Restrained yet juicy, with spice notes in the finish. Cellar 1-2 years for further integration."

Recommended/Good Value: 2002 Pinot noir Yamhill County Cuvèe
"Light smoke and black cherry fruit in the nose. Bright flavors of cocoa and black cherry, with ripe tannins in the finish; cellar 1-2 years for additional complexity."

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