2014 Cristom Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard, Willamette (750ml)

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Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: Willamette
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Review Score: 93V, 93JS, 92WA, 91W&S
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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Dark red. Ripe dark berry, cherry, incense and floral pastille scents are accented by a strong note of smoky Indian spices. Sappy and seamless in texture, offering juicy, densely packed black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that turn sweeter with air. Shows impressive depth as well as vivacity, finishing with powerful, spicy thrust, gentle tannic grip and striking persistence. This was the richest wine of my tasting of Doerner's '14s and looks to be a solid cellar candidate.

93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Dec 2016)

Aromas of toffee, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, soft tannins and walnut/hazelnut undertones. Soft-textured. Delicious finish. Drink or hold.

93 points, James Suckling (Nov 2016)

Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Louise Vineyard has subtle red berry and dried herb notes with suggestions of potpourri, charcoal and raspberry leaves and hints of cardamom and forest floor. Medium-bodied with a good core of black cherry and black raspberry notes with hints of underbrush, garrigue, fungi and lavender. It is a more structured style, with firm chewy tannins and soft acidity, finishing long and earthy.

92 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Issue # 232 - Aug 2017)

Scents of cedar and warm leather suggest an oak-driven wine, but with air a dark, mineral-inflected black plum flavor comes to the fore, accented by savory stem spice. Give this time in the cellar to knit and then serve with tea-smoked duck. (894 cases)

91 points, Wine & Spirits (Feb 2017)