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Points and Press - 2008 Vintage

Wine Spectator, June 30, 2011

91 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Yamhill Springs
"A tangy red, with bicuity edge to the berry and spice flavors, lingering on the slightly tart finish."

92 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Reserve

Daily Wine Picks, June 29, 2011

92 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Reserve
"Supple and appealing for the mineral notes that harmonize with the cherry and spice flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2018. 1,060 cases made." — Harvey Steiman

Wine Spectator, December 31, 2010

92 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Shea Vineyard
"Juicy and expressive, brimming with currant, blackberry, mineral and iron flavors. Rare meat notes add interest to the finish as it sails on nicely. Shows power and refinement. Best from 2012 through 2018."

91 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Adalfo's Block
"Displays wonderful harmony and integrity to the dark berry, cherry, mineral and spice flavors, which come together against slightly gritty tannins on a long, vivid finish. Best from 2012 through 2018."

91 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Stony Mountain Vineyard
"Tight, juicy, dark and appealing for its floral-scented blackberry, dark plum and pepper flavors, which persist on the velvety, focused finish. Best from 2012 through 2018."

91 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Willamette Valley
"Elegant, refined and beautifully focused, its raspberry, cherry, peach and floral flavors aimed like a laser through a curtain of fine tannins. Dancing on the long finish. Drink now through 2018."

Wine Advocate, October 31, 2010

92 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Shea Vineyard
"My favorite of the collection is the 2008 Pinot noir Shea Vineyard. It is medium ruby red with an exceptionally perfumed nose of cherry blossom, Asian spices, incense, smoke, black cherry and black raspberry. On the palate it sports outstanding volume and intensity of fruit, incipient complexity, a velvety texture, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 3-4 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2023." - Dr. Jay Miller

90+ Points: 2008 Pinot noir Stony Mountain Vineyard
"The 2008 Pinot noir Stony Mountan was harvested on October 28, an unusually late date. It is the darkest in color in the lineup and features black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Structured on the palate, it will require 4-5 years to reveal its full potential but the components are present for a graceful evolution to this burly Pinot." - Dr. Jay Miller

90 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Reserve
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve is a blend of 5 vineyards. Dark ruby in color with a restrained nose of smoke, cinnamon, clove, and assorted black fruits, on the palate it remains tightly wound and in need of significant cellaring. However, it seems to have all the right stuff but is more of a gamble than most of the wines of this superb vintage." - Dr. Jay Miller

90 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Yamhill Springs Vineyard
"The 2008 Pinot noir Yamhill Springs Vineyard delivers smoky barrel notes, cinnamon, clove, rose petal, and black cherry. A bit rounder and riper than the preceding wines, it has ample spicy fruit, good balance, and a medium-long finish. It too will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020." - Dr. Jay Miller

89+ Points: 2008 Pinot noir Raptor Ridge Estate Adalfo's Block
"The 2008 Pinot noir Adalfo's Block is from a winery-owned 4-acre parcel with a field of several blend clones. It displays a slightly brooding nose of cedar, underbrush, spice box, and black fruits. Structured on the palate with balancing acidity, it will evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2020." - Dr. Jay Miller

88 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Harbinger Vineyard
"The 2008 Pinot noir Harbinger Vineyard is medium ruby with pleasant aromas of spice box, incense, cherry and raspberry. A bit lean on the palate, it still offers up ample savory flavors, a vibrant palate feel, and moderate length. Drink it over the next 6 years." - Dr. Jay Miller

88 Points: 2008 Pinot noir Willamette Valley
"There are 2500 cases of the 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, a blend of 7 vineyards. Medium ruby red with an inviting nose of cherry blossom, spice box, cranberry, and raspberry, on the palate it has ample savory fruit, some structure, and lively acidity. It is likely to evolve for 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now." - Dr. Jay Miller

California Grapevine, December 2009

90 Points, First Place: 2008 Pinot gris Willamette Valley
"Medium-light yellow color; attractive, citrus and white peach aroma; medium-full body; fleshy, melon and stone fruit flavors with good depth and a slight hint of residual sugar that adds to its appeal, yet with a crisp finish; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended."

Wine & Spirits, August 2009

89 Points, Year's Best, Best Buy: 2008 Pinot gris Willamette Valley
"This racy gris opens with scents of peach blossoms and green apple. The palate is driven by pear flavors, its juicy texture dusted by a chalky stone element. It has the energy to match smoked trout and fennel." - Patrick Comiskey

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