Newberg, Ore., winemaker Scott Shull pays tribute to the great horned owl with this reserve-style Pinot Noir, and he donates a portion of the sales to the ¡Salud! healthcare program for wine-country migrant workers. Nine vineyards — led by the Shulls’ Tuscowallame Vineyard (41%) — produce rich and fruity aromas of Craisins, raspberry, grilled strawberry and elderberry, with an alluring touch of salted caramel. There’s a darker fruit profile on the palate with hints of Marionberry, blueberry and elderberry. Juicy acidity and a late push of tannins carry along the finish of black cherry and black currant, which combine to give the wine terrific balance. Thanks to the remarkable and bountiful 2012, this Chehalem Mountains vintner increase production of his reserve by more than 50 percent.
Production: 1,507 cases