Light to medium-bodied, Oregon Pinot is more finely boned than California Pinot, and displays a wide, aromatic range of flavors including strawberry, raspberry, delicate floral notes, and earthier notes like mushroom and truffle.
Stately and charismatic, this now 30-year-old flagship vineyard delivers once again with generosity and sophistication. A deep potpourri of candied cherry, Asian spices and incense lift gracefully from the glass. Silky, with notions of blue and red fruits, fresh fennel, and juicy cranberry, the wine is supported with a depth of composed tannins that deliver a remarkably grand, mouthwatering finish. There is a level of tension at its core, indicating nearly timeless potential for cellaring.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Central Coast comes from multiple vineyards throughout the Central Coast and has a touch of the elegance and purity found in the top cuvées. Impressive black raspberry fruits, white flowers, spice, and a subtle salty minerality all emerge from the glass, and it’s beautifully textured, balanced, and just a joy to drink. It’s well worth its going rate and should be snatched up by readers. – 93pts, Jeb Dunnuck
Aged 10 months in 10% new French oak, the 2017 Pinot Noir Central Coast has a pale to medium ruby color and open, inviting aromas of wild blackberries, oolong tea leaves, dried cranberries and cherries with touches of underbrush, charcuterie, dried flowers and earth. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a firm, finely grained frame and earth-laced fruits, finishing with lovely freshness and spice. – 92pts, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
The nose is instantly alluring, tempting you in with rich, brooding aromas of wild berry, loamy forest floor, and violets, with a bright pop of candied raspberry underneath. We love wines that lead this way, urging you to dive in for the first sip. Waves of blueberry compote, creme de cassis, and baking spices fill your mouth, riding on broad, firm and smooth tannins. The finish is juicy and creamy, lingering its wild black raspberry pie notes to a contented end. Naturally, any of Mark's ranch's animal offerings would be a great match, but we're especially partial to braised rabbit in a mushroom sauce and herb grilled quail.