I’ve been better about sending my wines out for reviews at the major wine publications. Last month I received excellent reviews from Vinous Media.
This month I see the Burgundy-centric publication Burghound has published nice reviews of three of my 2014 wines.
I’m particularly happy about both sets of reviews because these are good scores from tough graders, and publications I read and really respect. I won’t lie, it’s nice to see what they think about my efforts.
From Burghound issue 64, January 2017:
2014 Pinot Noir – Eola Amity Hills: (SRP $27, 12.9%). A spicy, cool and restrained nose features airy notes of red cherry, currant and discreet floral nuances. There is good vibrancy and detail to the delicious, clean and focused middle weight flavors that terminate in a dusty, linear and moderately dry (in the best sense) finale. This mildly austere effort could be enjoyed young but I would be inclined to allow it a few years of bottle age to help flesh out the finish. 88/2019+
2014 Pinot Noir – Bjornson Vineyard: (Eola Amity Hills, SRP $39, 12.9%). A slightly riper nose is composed by equally cool aromas of maraschino cherry, violet, lavender and pretty spice hints. Here too there is good energy and delineation to the delicious and sleek medium-bodied flavors that possess a bit more mid-palate density, all wrapped in a dusty and less linear finish that is both longer and more complex. This is really quite good and while it could use a few years to develop better overall depth, the underlying material is present such that this should occur. Worth checking out. 90/2021+
2014 Pinot Noir – Zenith Vineyard: (Eola Amity Hills, SRP $39, 13.5%). Here the nose is easily the most deeply pitched of the three cuvées with its plum, violet, blue pinot fruit and soft floral nuances. There is both good volume and underlying tension to the delicious, focused and punchy medium-bodied flavors that possess a relatively refined mouth feel while delivering fine depth on the mildly austere finale. This too could use a few years of bottle age to unwind and to add depth but this too appears to have the supporting material such it could develop in time. 90/2022+