Light garnet, wide clear edges. That unmistakable bright parsley, celery, and squashed bug bouquet which can only spell O R E G O N. I suppose if you are a fan, then it is not necessarily a fault. I am a fan in young doses, but unfortunately have witnessed it grow and grow into that whole burnt-almond vegetal stew which does not breathe out and becomes quite unenjoyable. This smells like Broadley. I don’t really pick up much fruit in the nose, or earth or barnyard or anything–alcohol, actually, seems to be about it. OK, maybe a slight cedar-pencil at the tail-end underlying everything. Bitterness is really the first thing to hit the tongue, followed by a dollop of ripe fruit almost completely obscured by overbearing tannin and more alcohol both of which come in early. The tannin is of the strong-and-bitter variety and really not particularly pleasant. If this were cab, I could see it… *maybe* but combined with the awkward herbaceousness of the nose I feel it spells doom for any situation involving resting a few bottles. If you like this profile in PN, then knock yourself out. I find it clunky and abrasive. Unpolished and no promise. Sorry, Oregon.
2010 CRISTOM VINEYARDS Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Willamette Valley Oregon 13.5