Oregon winemaker David O’Reilly continues to use a form of the historic business model of sharecropping with this brand, and his team has crafted a marvelous edition from the much-heralded 2012 vintage. Fruit sourcing came from his estate Anna’s Vineyard (Chehalem Mountains), Lenne Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton), Merriman Vineyard (Yamhill-Carlton) and Sojourner Vineyard (Eola-Amity Hills). The wine is intense yet elegant, beginning with aromas of fruit punch, plum and a Butterfinger bar, backed by forest floor and leather. Its fruit-forward approach on the palate brings a rich entry of Bing cherry, plum and pomegranate with smooth tannins and bright acidity. And thanks to a generous vintage, it shouldn’t be difficult to track down a case.
Production: 4,769 cases