Siduri Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir 2015
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In comparison to the Chehalem Mountains fruit that we have used for the previous two decades, the fruit from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA produces bigger, richer wines. Though this works well for us given our California experience, our goal here is not to make a California wine out of Oregon fruit, but rather to produce something that is true to type. Moreover, we truly wanted to produce a wine not just with size but also with complexity. Thanks to the great work of vineyard manager, Ken Kupperman, we were able to get fruit that was ripe, rich, and yet also possessed the balance and complexity that we hoped to coax out of the wine.
Coming from the central part of the Willamette Valley, the 2015 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton comes from two vineyards (Gran Moraine and Gran Moraine Estate Vineyards) and sees just a touch of whole cluster. It's one of the larger production cuvees yet still ends up being a cellar selection due to the amount of fruit they work with. Darker in color than the Chehalem Mountains release, it offers more black raspberries, black cherry, cranberry, sappy herbs and earth in a medium-bodied, silky, polished, very juicy style. With impressive purity, an elegant texture, fine tannin and a good finish, it's reminiscent of an elegant Gevrey.
Score: 93, August 2, 2017
Deep red. A highly fragrant bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, rose oil and peppery spices, and a note of cola emerges with air. Juicy, focused and seamless on the palate, offering lively boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter as the wine stretches out. Shows energetic lift and very good clarity on a long, gently tannic finish that leaves a zesty white pepper note behind.
Score: 91, Josh Raynolds, January 2018
Plump and loaded with polished fruit, offering black raspberry and cherry flavors, with spice and cinnamon accents that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,192 cases made.
Score: 91, Tim Fish, October 31, 2017
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton has black cherry and mulberry notes with notions of violets, chocolate box and cloves. Medium-bodied, it delivers a great intensity of firmly-textured red and black fruit, finishing long with a fruity burst.
Score: 90+, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 31, 2017
California-based Siduri cellared and bottled this wine, which was vinified in Oregon. It's a forward, fruity, full-flavored effort, with just enough acidity to support its plush fruit, and it seems to lighten up as it lingers. Overall an aimiable, drinkable style, with fresh strawbery and raspberry hard candy flavors.
Score: 90, Paul Gregutt, October 1, 2017
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