2014 Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir
This vintage marks our 30th Anniversary harvest from our original Ridgecrest plantings. Our luscious 2014 fruit gave this wine incredible richness, density and a three-dimensional palate focusing on black fruit, earth, slate, brown spice and a red cherry core. The wine has a brilliant garnet color, bright acidity and a lengthy, fine, silky, balanced tannin throughout the midpalate to the finish. We have no doubt this wine will age long enough to catch up to the longevity of the place from which it came.
Mark 2014 as one of those rare vintages when everyone is excited. Wine quality is excellent and based on full ripeness, probably the cleanest fruit we’ve seen in decades. Harvest timing gave us restrained extraction in fermentation and reasonable alcohols averaging just under 14% despite a warm growing season and good cropload balance. Pinot Noir colors are appropriately rich but not deep, wines not tannic or over-extracted and all is right with the world.
92 Points - Vinous
92 Points - James Suckling
91 Points - Wine Spectator
91 Points - Wine Advocate
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast