Purely Domestic Wine Report Visits Willamette Valley
Doug Wilder of the Purely Domestic Wine Report recently spent a week in Hillsboro tasting, interviewing and photographing select winemakers of the Willamette Valley. We were honored to be included! Here are Doug Wilder’s reviews of our wines:
2016 PINOT GRIS – 91 POINTS
The nose offers a peach-infused spice with crisp acidity. The palate is rich and bright golden stone fruit, spice and licorice finishing with sweet notes of peach and nectarine. Drink 2017 – 2021.
2016 RIESLING, ESTATE – 93 POINTS
The nose offers tropical spice, coconut, apricot and pineapple. The palate is well-focused crisp white stone fruits in the core with beautifully integrated acidity. Drink 2017 – 2024
2015 PINOT NOIR, ESTATE – 90 POINTS
The nose is a supple yet focused red cherry with notes of warm tangy cranberry. The palate is firm on entry with a silky core of moderately expressive cherry and strawberry. Admirable considering the production level here. Drink 2017 – 2028.
2015 PINOT NOIR, MOUNT RICHMOND – 92 POINTS
Pommard clone depth and spice, cherry with fragrant strawberry and blackberry. The palate is showing firm grip, tobacco, dark cherry and currant. Will age very nicely. Drink 2017 – 2030.
2015 PINOT NOIR, FIVE MOUNTAIN – 92 POINTS
The nose is dark cherry, black raspberry with shadings of black pepper and earth. The palate is a ripe blackberry that fills out the core accented by notes of mint and textured, waxy black cherry. Drink 2017 – 2030.
2015 PINOT NOIR, LA BOHÈME – 91 POINTS
The nose is licorice and spice over a generous dark cherry firmness. The palate is full bodied on entry centered on a core of black plum and cranberry richness. Should mature a bit earlier. Drink 2017 – 2024.
“Following a twenty-year career as a specialty wine buyer at some of America’s most influential domestic retailers, I launched the first independent wine review publication focused on producers in California, Oregon and Washington, exclusively. It is called Purely Domestic Wine Report, AKA pdwr and most of the content is available only by subscription.” – Doug Wilder, PDWR
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90 Points in Wine Spectator
Our 2013 Mount Richmond received 90 points from Wine Spectator Magazine:
“Fresh and inviting, showing more density than many 2013s, with juicy blackberry and spice flavors set against fine-grained tannins. Offers presence and length. Best from 2017 through 2020” – Harvey Steinem
91 Points in Wine & Spirits
Wine & Spirits Magazine gave our 2013 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley a great review of 91 Points:
“Light, fresh and lifted, this shows off the best aspects of the vintage. It’s a woodsy red with a dried-cherry scent, accented with a bit of leather. Its flavors are frisky and fresh, acids and tannins working together to forge plenty of movement and charm.” – Patrick J. Comiskey
92 Points in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2013 Mount Richmond received an excellent 92 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
“The winery’s largest vineyard, Mount Richmond encompasses 105 acres, and yet just 752 cases of the vineyard-designated version were produced in this vintage. The demanding selection process worked wonders. This is a smoky and seductive wine with aromas of incense and Asian spice. Bright, ripe cherry fruit is highlighted with a dash of dark chocolate. Subtle and elegant, this is an all-star effort from a challenging vintage.” – Paul Gregutt
91 Points & “Editor’s Choice” in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2014 Pinot Blanc received an excellent 91 points and was designated an “Editor’s Choice” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
“Harmonious and beautifully balanced, this brings intensity , depth and detail to its layered and ripe tree-fruit flavors. Added notes of lemon zest and a dollop of honey keep the interest level climbing. Editors’ Choice.” – Paul Gregutt
This review posted in the October, 2015 issue of the magazine.
92 Points & “Editor’s Choice” in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2014 Pinot Gris received an excellent 92 points and was designated an “Editor’s Choice” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
“Beautifully styled, this wine brings a solid blend of citrus, cucumber, tangerine and melon flavors. The length and balance are there for further aging, but the stunningly good flavors encourage near-term drinking. Editor’s Choice.” -Paul Gregutt
This review posted in their October, 2015 issue of the magazine and online here.
94 Points & “Cellar Selection” in Wine Enthusiast
Our 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir received a whopping 94 points and was designated a “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
“Though the 2013 vintage has generally been deemed a challenging one, this astonishing bottling proves that great wine can be made somewhere in almost any year. This warm and fruity, perfectly structured single-vineyard effort opens with a smooth and supple palate offering strawberry and cherry fruit, defining acidity and superb length. Give it a few hours to breathe and it shows depth, finesse and the ability to age and improve through 2025 and beyond. Cellar Selection.” – Paul Gregutt
This review posted in their October, 2015 issue of the magazine.
91 Points in Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator Magazine gave our 2013 Clay Court Pinot Noir 91 Points:
“Lithe and expressive, focusing blackberry and cherry flavors into a narrow beam that shines through a thin veil of fine tannins and persists into the long finish. Drink now through 2022.” -Harvey Steiman
91 Points in the Wine Advocate
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave our 2012 Clay Court Pinot Noir 91 Points in their March 2015 edition:
“The nose is conservative, slightly reticent at first, then opens with a mixture of red and black fruit, baked cherries, boysenberry and just a faint touch of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and respectable depth. There is something pleasantly unassuming about this Pinot Noir as in it is not trying to impress, there is no ostentation. It needs another 12 months to fully assimilate the new oak, but then you will have a fine Pinot Noir that should offer a decade of pleasure.” -Neal Martin