The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
— NORMAN VINCENT PEALE
 
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SCHLUSSEL 2016 Riesling
91 points  vinous.com

Pale, green-tinged yellow. Fresh melon, tangerine, pear and a hint of pungent flowers on the incisive nose. Juicy, focused and lithe on the palate, offering nicely concentrated orchard and citrus fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter, bracing quinine nuance. Finishes long and seamless, displaying repeating citrus fruit character and a sweetening suggestion of honey.


PERSONIFY 2016 Pinot Noir
91 points  vinous.com

Brilliant magenta. Powerful boysenberry, cherry cola, lavender pastille and incense aromas are sharpened by a suggestion of peppery spices. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry liqueur, spicecake and mocha flavors that become livelier with aeration. Shows a deft blend of richness and lively character and finishes with impressive, gently tannic persistence and lingering florality.


FILAMENT VINEYARD 2016 Pinot Noir
92 points  vinous.com

Lurid ruby-red. Dried cherry, boysenberry, cola and a musky floral quality on the deeply perfumed nose. Fleshy and nicely concentrated, offering subtly sweet blue fruit, licorice pastille, allspice and cola flavors that are lifted by a spine of juicy acidity. Surprisingly energetic for its heft and shows no rough edges. Smooth tannins build slowly on a very long, spice-inflected finish that echoes the floral and spice notes.


BEDNARIK VINEYARD 2016 Pinot Noir
93 points  vinous.com

Deep red. Fresh dark fruit and floral scents are complemented by suggestions of smoky minerals, cola and Indian spices. Supple, spice-laced black raspberry, cherry and mocha flavors show appealing sweetness and very good depth. Fine-grained tannins shape the impressively long, smooth finish, which leaves a sexy floral pastille note behind. I really like the interplay of richness and energy here.


KAIROS "Bodhi" 2016 Pinot Noir
93 points  vinous.com

Bright ruby-red. Smoke- and spice-accented cherry and black raspberry scents, along with hints of cola, violet and mocha. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense dark berry and cherry pie flavors complicated by allspice, black cardamom and floral pastille flourishes. Concentrated yet lively in style, showing excellent clarity, smooth tannins and lingering florality.

 
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january/february 2018

 
 

PERSONIFY 2016 Pinot Noir
90 points  Wine Spectator

Sleek and perky, with appealing cherry, sassafras and spice flavors lingering on a long, lively finish.  Drink now through 2024.

 
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AUGUST 2018

 
 

SCHLÜSSEL 2016 Riesling
92 points  Wine Enthusiast

True to its name, which translates to “key” in German, this wine unlocks a lively array of well-defined and layered flavors—citrus flesh and rind, crisp apple and even a light hint of tropical fruit, notably banana. It's textured and detailed, finished dry and provides yet another example of exceptional Riesling from the Willamette Valley.


FILAMENT VINEYARD 2016 Pinot Noir
90 points  Wine Enthusiast

This vineyard-select shows good concentration with a mix of cranberry, plum and black-cherry fruit. There are additional highlights of cola and brown spices, and it plumps up nicely in the mouth, with a juicy fruity finish.


KAIROS "Bodhi" 2016 Pinot Noir
90 points  Wine Enthusiast

A reserve-level wine, this shows fully-ripened fruit flavors of black cherry, with aromatic sandalwood scents and Asian spices. There's a streak of cola running through slightly gritty tannins. Drink now and over the early 2020s.

 
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august 2018