We have sampled many great Pinot Noir lately, and this Marshall Davis has been our biggest surprise so far this year. Marshall Davis is a small, relatively unknown producer in Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton AVA sourcing from their small estate eight-acre vineyard practicing sustainable farming with a minimalist approach in the cellar. The vineyard is on a gentle slope at 450 ft elevation with shallow volcanic topsoil and basalt outcroppings planted to four different Pinot Noir clones. This wine sees 50% whole cluster fruit with fermentation taking place with natural yeasts. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine goes into French oak barrels, of which 30% are new and then stays on the lees for about fourteen months before then bottling un-fined un-filtered. This wine's elegance and refinement is imposing with the aroma of red flowers, cherry, berry, plum, orange zest, baking spices, and a touch of underbrush. The palate is fantastic with incredible balance, texture, lingering piquancy of red fruits, minerals, savory components, and a hint of spice. A gorgeous bottle that comes in at only 13.4% alcohol with only 150 cases made.