Panther Creek Cellars 2017 Maverick Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $45

By on April 11, 2020

This youthful, 19-acre site in the North Willamette Valley’s Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area was established in 2013, the same year Bacchus Capital Management purchased Panther Creek Cellars and installed Tony Rynders of Domaine Serene fame as its winemaker. Not only is this a new vineyard-designate Pinot Noir for Panther Creek, but it’s one also devoted to Dijon clone 943. There’s a fair bit of fascination among Pinot Noir producers in the U.S., surrounding this low-yielding clone, native to Côte-d’Or, and Rynders shows why. Its sensual nose of black cherry, plum, allspice, tobacco and forest floor transition to rich flavors of cherries, cassis and cinnamon powder, framed by silky smooth tannins and a long finish of Craisin, President plum and pomegranate.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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