The 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir expresses savory notes of oak mixed with red cherry, cedar spice, and dried rose petals, followed by subtle hints
of tobacco. Its structured sweetness gives way to fresh and earthy notes followed by a lasting finish.
In 2016 we had access to vineyard sites that came with the purchase by Jackson Family Wines,” Lynn Penner-Ash explains. “Those sites brought some freshness to the wines. They are fresher and livelier than what we saw from the other warm vintages.” She also notes that the oak usage dropped quite a bit in 2016, down to about 19% -23% from 20%-40%. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir opens with just the slightest touch of gunflint-like reduction on the nose, giving way to red cherries, cranberries and warm raspberry with underlying suggestions of pink peppercorn and flowers. Light to medium-bodied, it gives up great layers of warm red and blue fruits with earthy accents of forest floor, wet earth and bark. It’s structured by fine-grained tannins and great juicy acidity carrying the long fruit-forward finish. This is youthfully coiled but should blossom beautifully.
Rating: 93+, Robert Parker