2008 Julon Vineyard – Sold Out
Quintessential Pinot Noir aromas of lilac, root beer, black cherry, and plum are complimented by vanilla, cedar, and maple-glazed bacon from the oak. Initially the wine’s flavors are red fruit driven and almost juicy with mouthwatering acidity. With fine dusty tannins in the mid-palate, it is texturally more similar to a full-bodied white wine than a red at first. With slight aeration the wine quickly gains weight and texture as the black current, plum, and blueberry flavors emerge. The oak responds to reveal both decadent chocolate and coffee, which support the fruit aromatically and also adds structure by increasing the wine’s texture and richness throughout the palate. Ultimately the wine is quite rich but with a restraint that allows a wide range of subtle aromatics to appear.
2009 Judith Marie Reserve Pinot Noir – 21 cases
This is a wonderful wine for the aromatically focused wine drinker. While this wine is texturally less hedonistic than the darker Donna Jean, it is aromatically elevated and higher pitched showing strawberries and cream, rhubarb, and dried floral aromas when first opened. The wine quickly shifts divulging new aromas that appear and disappear continuously. Mission fig, plum, date, black licorice and mocha reveal the darker side of this wine. The elevated alcohol from the vintage provides a round subtle sweetness that softens the young chewy tannins and toasted marshmallow flavor that linger in the finish.
2009 Donna Jean Reserve Pinot Noir – Sold Out
The tannin is dense, enveloping the palate in a supple, well-mannered way. Combined with the intense savory flavors and the lower acidity, this wine pairs well with a nice steak or lamb, two meats not normally associated with Pinot Noir. With aeration the wine shows its fruit in the form of blackberry and plum. The tannins become so silky they nearly vanish, leaving only the impression of fullness and weight on the finish. This wine is quite young and requires short-term cellaring to completely release the aromatic complexity it showed at blending.
2009 Pinot Gris – 70 cases
Aromas of honey, pear, apricot, pineapple cake, lychee nut, red delicious apple, bees wax – it’s all there in copious quantities. The residual sugar in the beginning makes the fruit flavors burst as if you’re eating the actual fruit itself, and the wine’s texture makes it easy to imagine eating a fresh, juicy peach with its fuzzy exterior grazing the surface of your tongue. The acid is equally high and begins to focus the wine at the mid-palate adding great length and ease to the finish.
2010 Pinot Gris – Sold Out
Unbelievable intense flavors or lemon zest, green apple, and honey dew melon with Asian Pear aromas. The palate flavors and texture certainly flirt with the far edge of richness. The mid palate is nothing less than an explosion of lime and mint engulfing your senses as the wine ends with an incredibly long finish..
2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – 350 cases
This wine is full of black cherry, strawberry rhubarb pie, vanilla, watermelon, anise, clove, black pepper, maple, incense, and pot pourri. The fine tannins provide a silky texture and weight that envelopes the palate. The mouthwatering acidity creates a juicy fruit loaded mid palate and the oak carries the vanilla, cofffee, and spice flavors through to finish.
2010 Judith Marie Reserve Pinot Noir – 100 cases
Upon opening the aromas are of hickory, cherry, rose, and forest floor. Initially quite plush, the texture transitions seamlessly inot a juicy mid-palate, finishing with considerable grace. the wine tastes of plums, black cherries, and currants with campfire smoke and bacon weaving through the palate. The silky tannins play a minor role supporting the lingering finish of milk chocolate, nutmeg, and vanilla.
2010 Donna Jean Reserve Pinot Noir – 98 cases
Without doubt, this wine has the darkest personality in the line-up. The Donna Jean delivers the goods with cola, berry liquor, pine resin, mocha, and charcoal aromas. The palate entry is densely packed with ripe tannin holding a weighty full frame through to the end finishing with intense flavor concentration. Maple, sweet cream, and graphite add layers between the jammy dark fruit flavors. This is not a Pinot for the faint of palate.
2010 Julon Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir – 115 cases
This wine is almost limitless in its richness and fruit flavor intensity. It is amazingly fresh and juicy, almost like drinking freshly squeezed berry cocktail. Aromas of Kirsch, raspberry, peppermint, and baker's chocolate abound initially and brown butter, caramel, black cherry, and brown sugar combine with the aromatics to create the long powerful finish. The tannins just graze the sides of the mouth ever so slightly on the finish reminding you that this is a seriously structured wine.
2011 Pinot Noir Rose – 21 cases
Initially the wine holds aromas of strawberry and sweet cream, only to be followed by a secondary wave of red licorice, fig, vanilla bean, and cooling sensation of eucalyptus. The weight from entry to middle palate is quite high for a rose, producing a rich and round feeling in the mouth. There is a wonderfully soft tannic quality to this wine that is essential yet most often absent in American produced rose wines. The acidity provides focus and thirst-quenching characteristics ending with flavors of cedar, vanilla, and flint that emerge in the meduim length finish.