The Hall family in Newberg, Ore., collaborates with winemaker John Grochau of Grochau Cellars for their Pinot Noir program, and he excelled with this blend of Zenith Vineyard, Bjornson Vineyard and top lots from the Halls’ 10-acre vineyard at their Willamette Farms. It’s remarkably approachable — as are so many 2012 Pinot Noirs from Oregon — with tones of dusty black currant and cherry taffy. There’s little influence of oak and sublime tannins, which puts the focus on the juicy blackcap raspberry acidity that lingers gracefully. Judges at the 2015 Savor NW Wine Awards were unanimous in their praise for this, which merited a double gold medal.
Production: 150 cases