This is an incredible bottle of Pinot Noir from a lesser-known region in South Western Oregon, the Cascade Mountains. The remnants of the ancient Siskiyou Mountain Ranges were created when the Pacific Plate collided with the North American plate. Over time, these mountains eroded into rolling hills. When the great plates slipped sideways and split the ranges into large, upturned blocks, which became the water-carved canyons like the Rogue Valley were created, which is where this vineyard is planted. The sedimentary vineyard soils result from this ancient erosion and consist of Darrow silty loam, which is rich in nutrients, excellent for drainage, and infiltration of water and air that is ideally suited for premium grape growing. The vineyards here are planted at about 2,100 feet elevation, where marine fossils can be found on the hillsides and the vineyard.
The warm days and cool nights are well suited for growing Pinot Noir, and the vineyards are farmed sustainably. Their 2016 Estate Pinot Noir is a blockbuster with aroma and inner-mouth perfume among the best I have ever experienced with this grape. Red flowers, cherry, wild berry, earth, and herbs jump from the glass. In the mouth in the floral character of this Pinot Noir is incredibly explosive with waves from well-balanced fruit that continually caresses the plate for at least a minute after a sip. If you love gorgeous unadulterated Pinot Noir, then this is an absolute must-buy and is the best domestic Pinot Noir we have ever tasted from a lesser-known region. Very impressive!