Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2005 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Bright red. Meaty cherry and cured meat scents are complemented by bright violet and musky earth tones. Fleshy red and dark berry flavors offer depth and good sweetness, with a gentle boost of minerals and citrus peel. Finishes on a bitter cherry skin note, with excellent length.” – Josh Raynolds (April 30, 2007)

Pinot Report

2005 La Boheme Pinot Noir:

93 Points “…intense, with deep, earthy, cherry flavors as well as spice notes; …A deep and interesting Pinot with great complexity.” (February 15, 2008)

Wine Enthusiast

2005 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

90 Points “This new vineyard site, on the east side of the Chehalem mountains, has delivered a precisely rendered, spicy wine, with a pleasing mix of leaf, herb, berry and earth flavors. It’s cut on the tart, acidic side, but it’s neither dull nor simple. Given its balance and texture, it may well age for another decade or more.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2008)

Wine Spectator

2005 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

88 Points “Supple, velvety and generous with its raspberry, cinnamon and nutmeg aromas and flavors that linger enticingly on the fine-grained finish….” – Harvey Steiman (May 15, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

2005 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

90 Points “…This is a tight, crisp, elegant wine. Aromas suggest coffee grounds, and the fruit is tart and compact — rhubarb and strawberry. But the wine has what the Brits call breed—a somewhat indefinable quality of finesse and elegance, and for a cooler site it has ripened sufficiently to warrant an excellent score.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2007)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2005 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

88 Points. Three Clusters. “Bright red. Powerful raspberry and cherry preserve aromas, with deeper suggestions of plum and espresso. Deep and sweet, with supple tannins supporting lush red and dark berry flavors and an exotic oak spice note on the finish. Brightens with air, picking up a hint of candied rose. Showing well now.” – Josh Raynolds (April 30, 2007)

Northwest Palate

2005 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir:

Three Clusters. “Powerful, juicy aromas of cherry fruit surge from the glass. Fresh and focused black cherry flavor is dense, fruit-sweet and succulent, and layered with notes of spice, toast, cola and espresso. Yet for all its weight of flavors, this is a vibrant wine whose balance of acid and remarkably subtle tannins make for a long and elegant taste experience. While a definite cellar candidate, this wine’s polish makes it well worth drinking right now…” (February 28, 2007)

Wine Enthusiast

2005 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

90 Points “Good winemaking is evident here. This is clean and fresh, with light, appealing flavors of berry, cola and chocolate-covered espresso bean. The wine has a smooth, silky texture, and feels substantial without being fat or hot. It is certainly ageworthy and it wouldn’t surprise me if it lasted a decade or more. But tough to keep your hands off it right now.” – Paul Gregutt (March 31, 2007)

Northwest Palate

2005 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley:

Two Clusters. “Gentle yet persistent scents of graham-spiced red fruits are layered with rose and cola accents. Juicy on the tongue, with hearty cherry and berry flavors backed by mouthwatering acidity, this lively wine offers plenty of punch….” (February 28, 2007)