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2003 Vintage

 

Vineyards

Points
and Press

Pinot Gris

   

Bellevue Cross
Meredith Mitchell
Murto
Yamhill Springs

 

Pinot Noir

   

Coeur De Terre

93 WS

88 W&S

Wine Spectator
May 2005
93 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Coeur De Terre

"Rich and opulent, showing superripe currant, plum and blackberry flavors. Reins it all in with refined textures and beautifully integrated tannins. Has tremendous length and a lovely mineral streak. Drink now through 2015." - Harvey Steiman

Wine & Spirits
June 2005
88 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Coeur De Terre

"Forward like many wines of the vintage, this leads with succulent black cherry scents. Its bright blue flavors, very tight at the moment, could stand to spend some more time in the bottle, where the fruit might catch up to the heat and the structure currently prevailing in the wine. Cellar, then serve with pork loin." - Patrick Comiskey

Meredith Mitchell

90 W&S

91 WS

Wine & Spirits
June 2005
90 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Meredith Mitchell

"From a vineyard south of McMinnville, in what's known as the central range of the Willamette, this wine shows a lot of warm, chocolaty oak when first poured, but with a little air, some lovely aromas of five-spice powder and sweet cherries share the stage. Like the '03 Reserve, made largely from the same vineyard fruit, this wine has a purity of flavor that suggests free-run juice; it's generous, lean and tight, with a touch of heat on the end that might be tamed with a piece of fatty oven-roasted salmon." - Patrick Comiskey

Wine Spectator
May 2005
91 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Meredith Mitchell

"Polished and elegant, brimming with blueberry, currant and plum flavors, shaded with vanilla and a piecrust character that weaves through the long, supple finish. Drink now through 2012." - Harvey Steiman

Coeur De Terre
Meredith Mitchell
Shea
Stony Mountain

93 W&S

93 WS

++ NWP

Wine & Spirits
June 2005
93 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Reserve

"A wine with great poise and delicacy, at first it offers scents of rose and violet, with hints of earth, resin, wax and cherry. With a day, the fragrance develops as macerated cherries, with a gorgeous cherry blossom overlay; pure flavours, concentrated yet gentle, with a firmness that is more about precision than strength." - Patrick Comiskey

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WINE & SPIRITS'
"YEAR'S BEST" LIST

Wine Spectator
May 2005
93 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Reserve

"Supple, smoky and seductive, its plush texture brimming with intense blackberry, cherry, currant and spice flavor that lasts and lasts on the long, lithe finish. Tannins are beautifully integrated. Best from 2007 through 2015." - Harvey Steiman

Northwest Palate
March/April 2005
Highly Recommended:
2003 Pinot noir
Reserve

"Alluring aromas of mint, black cherry, and graham. Vibrant flavors of black cherry, strawberry, and graham. Lively, focused, and balanced with a spicy finish. Yum! Tempting now with braised rabbit or quail, but cellaring 2-3 years will yield more elegance."

Rose 2003 Pinot Noir

Rosé
2003 Pinot Noir

Stony Mountain

 

Shea

92 WS

Wine Spectator
May 2005
92 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Shea

"Has lovely focus and style, offering sweet red pepper-tinged cherry and white pepper flavors pointing through the long, seductive finish. A graceful wine that sneaks in a lot more character than it shows at first. Drink now through 2013." - Harvey Steiman

Stony Mountain

+ NWP

Northwest Palate
March/April 2005
Recommended:
2003 Pinot noir
Stony Mountain

"Perfumed aromas of black cherry, barrel tast, and mint. Warm and spicy, with juicy flavors of plum and black cherry. Well balanced, with ripe tannins and a long spiced-fruit finish. Enjoy now with roast duck, or cellar 1-2 years for additional complexity."

Bellevue Cross
Coeur De Terre
Meredith Mitchell
Shea
Stony Mountain

90 WS

+ NWP

Northwest Palate
March/April 2005
Recommended:
2003 Pinot noir
Yamhill County Cuvèe

"Aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and anise. Medium-bodied, with cherry flavors and vibrant, juicy acidity. Mouthwatering, long fruity finish balances youthful tannins."

Wine Spectator
May 2005
90 Points:
2003 Pinot noir
Yamhill County Cuvèe

"Smooth and polished, with bright blackberry, blueberry and vanilla spice aromas and flavors, which linger effortlessly on the deftly balanced finish. Drink now through 2012." - Harvey Steiman

     
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