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Athena 2014 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Precise and sleekly built, showing floral black raspberry and tea aromas and deftly balanced dark cherry flavors, accented by a lively briary note. Drink now through 2023.

91 Points | Wine Spectator

Aromas of blueberries, raspberries and dried strawberries. Medium body, ripe and round tannins and a medium and fresh finish. Drink now.

91 Points | James Suckling

Brilliant red. Ripe red and blue fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of licorice, violet and smoky minerals. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering mineral tinged cherry and raspberry flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Shows very good clarity and spicy lift on the long, smooth finish, which features subtle tannins and resonating red fruit character.

91 Points | Vinous

Finnigan Hill 2014 Pinot Noir

Chehalem Mountains

Precise, with an appealing touch of savory earth, this offers notes of black cherry, smoky bay leaf and stony mineral. Drink now through 2024. 100 cases made.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

This pinot noir shows aromas of cherries, almonds and white chocolate. Light hazelnuts too. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a fresh and vibrant finish A little jammy, drink now or hold.

91 Points | James Suckling

The 2014 Pinot Noir Finnigan Hill Vineyard has a pale to medium ruby-purple color and a nose of warm cherries and mulberries with hints of spice cake, rose hip tea and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, fine and fresh, it has a good core of red berry and earth flavors supported by grainy tannins and an impressive acid backbone, finishing long and spicy.

92+ Points | The Wine Advocate

Cherry Grove Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Plums, strawberries, light chocolate and hazelnuts. Medium body, light tannins and a clear and medium finish.

91 Points | James Suckling

Cherry Grove Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Lurid Red. Black Raspberry, cherry pit and licorice aromas show very good clarity and pick up a cola nuance in the glass. Broad and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter and livelier with air. Floral and mocha notes appear on a very long, juicy finish shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins.

92 Points | Vinous

Stoller Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

Dundee Hills

Savory Cherry aromas open to well-structured red plum and spice tea flavors that persist toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 275 cases made.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

Hirschy Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Ripe dark cherries with dark licorice and a hint of mocha. This is a ripe wine, bordering on jammy and displaying a sweet core of fruit yet polished tannins. It’s powerful, but has plenty of freshness to balance it out. Drink now.

92 Points | James Suckling

Hirschy Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

The 2014 Pinot Noir Hirschy Vineyard has a pale ruby-purple color and is scented of red cherries and pomegranate with hints of roses, fallen leaves, lavender and dusty earth. Medium-bodied and built like a brick house, it has chewy tannins and a racy backbone in the mouth, with plenty of flavor layers and good length.

90 Points | The Wine Advocate

Oregon 2014 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

This Pinot Noir shows aromas of raspberries, cherries and hints of lemon. Licorice undertones too. Medium to full body, round and ripe tannins and a medium finish. Fruity style. 

92 Points | James Suckling

Oregon 2014 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Firm and focused, this is deftly balanced, letting plum, blueberry and hibiscus flavors push through the layer of fine tannins that veils the finish. Lingers pleasantly. Drink now through 2022. 1,800 cases made.

91 Points | Wine Spectator

Shea Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Aromas of blueberries, dried strawberries, cherries and hints of yogurt. Vanilla undertones too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now.

93 Points | Vinous

Shea Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Aromas of blueberries, dried strawberries, cherries and hints of yogurt. Vanilla undertones too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now.

92 Points | James Suckling

Stewart 2014 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

A Pinot Noir that shows plums, cherries, strawberries and hints of lemons. Some leather. Forest floor undertones too. Medium body, polished texture with ripe tannins and a clear and precise finish. Drink now or hold.

92 Points | James Suckling

Stewart 2014 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Pale to medium ruby-colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Stewart gives cranberry and sour cherry notes on the nose with underlying underbrush, garrigue, dried herbs and damp soil hints. Medium-bodied with a taut, muscular palate of expressive red fruit and earth flavors, it has a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length and depth. 91+ The Wine Advocate

91+ Points | The Wine Advocate

2013

Stewart 2013 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

The 2013 Pinot Noir Stewart has a pale ruby color and nose of kirsch, baked raspberries and underbrush with wafts of Mediterranean herbs and damp soil. Medium-bodied with a good intensity of mature, perfumed red berry flavors, it has soft tannins and a racy acid line, finishing long.

90 Points | The Wine Advocate

A gorgeous, vivid nose reminiscent of purple flowers, dark cherries and stones with hints of cedar. This has lush, juicy fruits and a beautiful line of acidity that goes on and on to a lovely, layered, flavorful finish. Good work here for 2013.

93 Points | James Suckling

Light cherry red color in the glass. Inviting aromas of cherry, rose petal and woodland lead to a mid weight styled wine with impressive mid palate presence and finish. The core of cherry and ripe strawberry fruit flavors is accented with notes of interesting spices including cinnamon. The tannins are suave, the acidity is bright, and the overall impression is one of complete harmony. A masterful cuvée.

91 Points | Prince of Pinot

Athena 2013 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Black licorice with cedar and a core of dried strawberries. This has plenty of juicy fruit on the front with polished, supple tannins and a medium finish. Drink now.

92 Points | James Suckling

Athena 2013 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

The 2013 Pinot Noir Athena includes 35% whole cluster grapes and matured for nine months in 40% new oak. [Plus another nine months in neutral oak.]It has crisp, brambly redcurrant and cranberry-scented bouguet that handles the oak well. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe succulent red berry fruit, fine tannin and a crisp, slightly tarry finish. Overall, this is an excellent 2013 Pinot Noir-great value to boot. Bravo!

92 Points | The Wine Advocate

Cherry Grove Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

A pretty nose of bay leaves and red plums with hints of cinnamon. Full bodied, soft tannins and significant ripe-fruit character.

90 Points | James Suckling

Shea Vineyard 2013 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

The 2013 Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard was matured in 50% new French oak [nine months, and 100% neutral French oak another 9  months] and is limited to 150 cases.It has a light cranberry and strawberry-scented bouquet… The palate is fleshy on the entry, quite Volnay-like in style. A little chewy but clean and pure on the finish.

90 Points | The Wine Advocate

2012

2012 CUVÉE YC PINOT NOIR

Yamhill-Carlton

Bright and vibrant, this agile wine features powdery tannins brushing against lively raspberry and cherry flavors that linger on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2022. 400 cases made.–HS

92 Points | Wine Spectator

Deep red. High-pitched red berry and cherry scents are complemented by blood orange, fresh rose and white pepper. Brisk and light on its feet, especially for the vintage, offering nervy strawberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of spicecake. Shows very good focus and purity on the energetic finish, which features silky tannins and repeating florality.

Athena 2012 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Fresh, taut and vibrant, with crisp tannins around a core of mineral-accented raspberry, cherry, earthy and floral flavors, finishing with a moderate grip. Has intensity without excess weight. Best from 2016 through 2022. 1,200 cases made. –HS

92 Points | Wine Spectator

Stewart 2012 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Polished and zingy, brimming with cinnamon-accented cherry, raspberry and tomato leaf aromas and flavors, lingering impressively against lively acidity and a refined texture. Best from 2016 through 2022. 900 cases made. –HS

92 Points | Wine Spectator

Hirschy Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Lively, focused, refined and persistent, brimming with cinnamon-accented red berry and cherry pie flavors, lingering easily on a refined texture. Drink now through 2022. 50 cases made. –HS

92 Points | Wine Spectator

Cherry Grove Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Light and crisp, with lively acidity and bristly tannins around a vibrant core of cherry and raspberry flavors, hinting at mocha and nutmeg as the finish lingers. Best from 2016 through 2020. 150 cases made. –HS

91 Points | Wine Spectator

Carlton hill Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Light and lithe, with pretty floral and spice overtones to the cherry and white chocolate flavors, lingering well. Best from 2016 through 2020. 100 cases made. –HS

91 Points | Wine Spectator

Shea Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Taught, focused, light, lively and inviting, with pepper and clove accents around a vivid core of cherry and raspberry fruit, dancing easily through the long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2022.

94 Points | Wine Spectator

Roshini Vineyard (Club Selection) 2012 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Brilliant ruby-red. Pungent aromas of dark berry compote, cola, black cardamom and wood smoke. Fleshy and expansive on entry, then a bit more taut in the middle, offering sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of floral pastilles. Shows alluring sweetness on the clinging finish, which features sneaky tannins and a late touch of licorice.

92 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

2012 Pinot Gris

Boedecker 2012 Pinot Gris – like its Pinot Blanc counterpart under this label, given a day or more of cold soak; vinified in older barriques; and bottled off of its lees in April – is superbly successful. Juicy peach and pineapple are rendered tartly and incisively invigorating by the evocation of peach fuzz and pit along with pineapple core and radish. The counterpoint of lees-enhanced underlying textural richness with the aforementioned piquant and nippy notes is delightful and this outstanding value’s sheer length impressively persistence. I could envision it becoming even more interesting over the next year or so.

89 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2012 Pinot Blanc

The 2012 Pinot Blanc rendered this year under the Boedecker Cellars label originated in Yamhill Valley Vineyard and fermented in older barriques. The effect of more lees contact underscores the natural tendency of this grape toward creaminess, yet there is no loss of fresh apple juiciness; succulent sweet corn; or invigorating piquancy of apple seed and corn tassel vis-a-vis the earlier-bottled, tank-raised Pappas Wine Co. version. There is a bit more grip here, although all of the Pinot Blancs from this producer receive a day of pre-fermentative skin contact, so that is not a key to their differences. Enjoy some of this now; but see whether it doesn’t acquire some secondary virtues over the next couple of years in bottle.

88 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2012 Pappas Wine Co. Pinot Blanc

Athena Pappas’ tank-raised 2012 Pinot Blanc Pappas Wine Co. – as usual, sourced from Yamhill Valley and Red Hill vineyards – offers a trade-off vis-a-vis the corresponding 2011: a bit more creaminess of texture here, a bit more brightness and refreshment there, each exemplifying varietal virtues. Apple and sweet corn predictably dominate, and if you play around with this wine at table over the coming year, you’ll recognize the versatility that also typifies good Pinot Blanc.

87 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

2011

Athena 2011 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Light and sleek in structure, with dark berry, mineral and toast flavors on a lithe frame, finishing with intensity and harmony. Drink now through 2017. 875 cases made.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

Stewart 2011 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Crisp and sleek, with tea leaf and orange peel accents to the red berry flavors, finishing with precision and refinement. Lingers intently. Drink now through 2018. 940 cases made. –HS

91 Points | Wine Spectator

Shea Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Bright ruby-red. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes red and dark berries, potpourri and smoky minerals. On the palate, sweet black raspberry and cherry-cola flavors are sharpened by a spicy element and a t ouch of white pepper. Becomes spicier with air and finishes very long, with excellent clarity and youthful tannic grip.

92 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Cherry Grove Vineyard 2011 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Brilliant ruby-red. Spice-and-smoke-accented red berries and cherry pit aromas show good clarity and a hint of vanilla. Appealingly sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and cola flavors and a touch of mocha. The vanilla quality comes back on the finish, which lingers with very good persistence and smooth, slow-building tannins. Pre-Order. Release date September 27th, 2014.

91 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Stoller Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir

Dundee Hills

Vivid ruby-red. Fresh raspberry and cherry scents are lifted by a peppery quality and a hint of fresh rose. Juicy and incisive on the palate, offering energetic red fruit flavors that depen and gain sweetness with air. Tangy acidity adds refreshing bite to the spicy, persistent finish, which is framed by silky tannins.

90 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Stewart 2011 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Medium red color. Aromas of redcurrant, dried cherry and herbs, with a hint of cola in the background. Spicy and tightly wound, offering bitter cherry and licorice flavors and a touch of orange pith. Finishes… with repeating spiciness and soft tannins.

 

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Athena 2011 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Bright red. Spicy red fruits and fresh flowers on the fragrant, incisive nose. Juicy and light on its feet, offering tangy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors plus a touch of white pepper. Finishes with good cut and fine grained, late-arriving tannins.

Stewart 2011 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

The wine features very pretty aromatics and a soft and elegant entry that is just on the edge of high-toned. The fruit is nicely ripened and the mouthfeel satiny, with a lick of mocha sliding across the finish.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Athena 2011 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Nicely differentiated from the companion Stewart bottling, this Athena is a sharp and spicy affair, with tight, tart cranberry and raspberry fruit. Native yeast fermentation and extended sur-lie aging add some snap to the finish. Try after 2016 for optimum enjoyment.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2010

Stewart 2010 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

“Like most years,” says Boedecker of his 2010 Pinot Noir Stewart, “this incorporates most of our Dundee Hill fruit; but because it was such a cool year, there were a couple of surprises” when the blend was put together (which he and his wife always do blind). ‘A decent chunk of our (Clone) 115 from Shea went into this, which is unusual, because it’s usually a really big, structured block” – fitting the personality Pappas chooses for her “Athena” cuvee – “but this year was very red-fruited and silky.” Bright, juicy cherry and tart rhubarb dominate, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon as well as piquancy of cherry pit attractively extending a sappy, savory finish that combines invigoration, refreshment, saliva-inducement and a sort of cyanic glow. Tannins are fine-grained to the point of disappearance. I expect this will perform impressively through at least 2018 and quite possibly gain in complexity and acquire a flattering patina without relinquishing its fundamental virtue of energetic, juicy brightness

91 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Athena 2010 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Fresh blackberry and elderberry are wreathed in peat- and Latakia tobacco-like smokiness and tinged with piquant walnut oil on a polished palate with a not unpleasant humus-like undertone, all of which makes for a bittersweet and refreshingly tart-edged but metaphorically dark presentation. There is a touch of tannic roughness here but I suspect that it will iron-out over the next half dozen years while the flavor intrigue persists.

90 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Carlton Hill Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

The Boedecker 2010 Pinot Noir Carlton Hill – incorporating around one-third whole clusters with stems and comprising a mere two barrels – delivers deep, fresh blackberry fruit on a firm, bright palate, with an invigorating sense of berry-crunching and saliva-liberating salinity but also tannic chew in its finish. There’s a bit less clarity or complexity here today than in either of the two flagship Boedecker blends, but the finishing savor is impressive, especially as a roasted red meat dimension emerges with aeration. I would expect this to perform impressively through at least 2018.

90 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Cherry Grove Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

The Boedecker 2010 Pinot Noir Cherry Grove is intriguingly-scented with dried and fresh cherry shadowed by kirsch; alkaline and saline sea breeze; smoky black tea and forest floor. Bright and vibrant on a texturally-refined palate, its tart berry edge allied to infectious juiciness, this projects terrific energy in its lingering, mouthwatering, and all the while subtly dark and smoky finish. Look for impressive appearances through at least 2020.

92 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Shea Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

From east-facing Wadenswil and Dijon Clone 115 vines, the hundred cases of Boedecker 2010 Pinot Noir Shea – fermented with around one-third whole clusters with stems – represent around one-third of their share of fruit from this famous vineyard, the rest having been incorporated into the “Athena” and ‘Stewart” cuvees. Smoked meat, burley tobacco, leather, dried cherry and cranberry form a formidably pungent aromatic display; then reunite on a firm, slightly grainy and tart-edged palate. The overall effect here is complex and penetratingly persistent, though compressed, and lacking the primary juiciness or energetic brightness of the best Boedecker 2010s; but it should be well worth following through at least 2018.

90 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Stoller Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

Comprising just three barrels (one new) from Clone 667 vines, Boedecker’s 2010 Pinot Noir Stoller exhibits a faintly awkward resinous and rancid scent from oak not found in any of their other Pinots of this vintage, and fortunately not paired with any problematic manifestations of wood on the firm but finely-tannic palate. Abundantly juicy, tart-edged cherry is accented by Ceylon black tea. Orange and lemon zests and oil as well as fresh ginger all add piquant allure to a vibrant and persistently juicy, luscious finish. As this takes on air, some of its oaky aura happily backs-off, while a rich impression of roasted red meats emerges. “This was the last-picked fruit from the vintage,” reports Pappas, “and the truck pulled up at night in a pouring rain that had begun meantime. We sorted until 4 a.m. – all of our dedicated volunteers who already worked an eight hour day job.” You can consider that your good fortune as you enjoy this Pinot over the coming decade. While I still harbor a slight reservation about the nose, I suspect it will fall in line and any awkward influences of barrel recede.

92 Points | Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Carlton Hill Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

“Fresh and lively, dancing with juicy blackberry, raspberry, floral and espresso flavors that glide easily over a layer of thin tannins onto a long and vivid finish. Shows transparency and intensity.

93 Points | Wine Spectator

Shea Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Supple, silky and seductive, with smooth and inviting notes of cherry, espresso and cream mingling easily on the long, lithe finish. Drink now through 2018.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

Stewart 2010 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Light, fresh and vibrant, this deft, light-footed and lively version offers raspberry, cherry and spice flavors, finishing with a haunting echo. Drink now through 2018.—H.S. 

91 Points | Wine Spectator

Athena 2010 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Bright red.  Musky redcurrant and cherry pit aromas are complicated by notes of dried herbs and loamy earth.  Sappy and refreshingly bitter, offering taut red fruit flavors that gain sweetness and flesh with air.  Supple and smoky on the long, fruit-driven finish.

88 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Carlton Hill Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Bright ruby-red.  Intense, spice-accented aromas of candied red fruits, rose oil and Asian spices.  Spicy and penetrating, offering gently sweet red and dark berry flavors that put on weight with air.  Finishes silky and long, with lingering spiciness and soft, even tannins.

91 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Cherry Grove Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Bright ruby-red.  Pungent aromas of dried cherry, blackberry and musky herbs, with a sexy potpourri nuance building in the glass.  Juicy, concentrated and expansive, offering smoky cherry-cola and licorice flavors and a hint of rose pastille.  Dusty tannins shape the clinging, smoky finish.

91 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Shea Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

Yamhill-Carlton

Bright ruby-red.  Sexy, floral-accented aromas of candied red berries, blood orange and Asian spices.  Sweet and penetrating, offering intense raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that are lifted and sharpened by piquant acidity.  Silky tannins build slowly on the clinging, appealingly sweet finish, with its echoing raspberry and spice notes.

92 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Stewart 2010 Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley

Full red.  Musky red fruit and herb aromas are complicated by notes of mocha and anise.  Smooth and open-knit, with good heft to its raspberry and bitter cherry flavors.  Finishes with gentle sweetness and good cling, leaving a note of dark chocolate behind.

88 Points | Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

Stoller Vineyards 2010 Pinot Noir

Dundee Hills

Vivid red.  Raspberry, Asian spices and rose oil on the perfumed nose, with a hint of cola adding depth.  Lively and precise on the palate, offering sweet red berry and floral pastille flavors and an undercurrent of zesty minerals.  Picks up a smoky nuance with air, along with a vanilla note that carries through an impressively long, subtly tannic finish.  This pinot will age well on its balance.

92 Points | STEPHEN TANZER’S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR

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