91 Points in Wine Enthusiast

Our 2014 Five Mountain Pinot Noir has received an excellent 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine:

“Parts of this vineyard date back to the late 1970s. Scents of raspberries and cherries bloom from the glass, and the wine gains volume in the mouth. Dark fruits take center stage, tightly wound and showing threads of smoke, earth and dark chocolate.” – Paul Gregutt

The review posted in the December, 2016 issue of the magazine and at winemag.com. According to Senior Tasting Director Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast blind tastes wines for review and rates their wines according to a 100 point scale:

  • Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.
  • Superb 94-97: A great achievement.
  • Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended.
  • Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.
  • Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
  • Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.
  • Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.

93 Points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Neal Martin, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, gave our 2014 Five Mountain Pinot Noir 93 points:

“a very well-defined bouquet with real mineralité coming through. This is extremely well-focused. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, real tension and vigor with fine tannin, dark cherry and red plum fruit leading to a nicely poised, Volnay-like finish that is pure class. This comes highly recommended.”

This review posted in issue 225 of the guide and also at erobertparker.com

2012 Five Mountain – 94 Pts in Wine Spectator

Our 2012 Five Mountain Pinot Noir received a spectacular 94 Point rating from the Wine Spectator:

“Vibrant, spicy and minerally, with crushed-gravel overtones to the dark berry, black cherry and cocoa flavors, persisting easily against fine tannins on the long, expressive and open finish. Best from 2016 through 2022.” – Harvey Steiman

92 Points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Our 2012 Pinot Noir Five Mountain was honored with a 92 Points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

“Solid and substantial, this single-vineyard wine has real meat on its bones, both figuratively and literally, as it carries some savory notes along with ripe blackberry fruit. The acid-tannin balance is picture-perfect, and though sturdy and ripe, it conveys an impression of grace and elegance.” – P.G.

Wine Spectator Insider

2010 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

92 Points “Light and lively, with expressive raspberry, clotted cream and mocha flavors that mingle harmoniously as the finish glides on. The tannins are polished, and the flavors emerge easily. Drink now through 2018.” – Harvey Steiman (November 2, 2012)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2010 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

91 Points “Bright aromas of black raspberry and cherry accented by sassafras and black tea. Juicy and focused, offering vibrant red fruit flavors that take a darker turn with air. Finishes bright and very long, with persistent spice and rose pastille qualities. ” – Josh Raynolds (July 31, 2012)

Wine Spectator

2006 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Bright and lively. A crisp-textured style that emphasizes raspberry and warm-rain-on-slate minerality in equal measure, finishing with snap. Best from 2009 through 2013.” – Harvey Steiman (April 23, 2008)

Wine Spectator

2008 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

90 Points “Tight, focused and minerally, with a stony component to the dark berry and spice flavors, all floating over a light, transparent structure… Best from 2012 through 2018.” – Harvey Steiman (July 31, 2010)

Wine Press Northwest

2006 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

Recommended. “This is a darker-toned red with aromas and flavors of black truffles, mushrooms, plums and chocolate-covered cherries.” (April 1, 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)

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2006 Five Mountain Pinot Noir:

91 Points “Alluring bouquet of black raspberry, kirsch, allspice, incense, and cinnamon. The palate offers deep, sweet red and dark berry flavors, supple texture and fine-grained tannins that add gentle grip. Finishes energetic and spicy, with a strong note of sweet red berries. Seductive and delicious now.” (May 1, 2008)