Three of the four clones of Pinot Noir planted across 15 acres of Steven and Karen Lutz’s near the town of Yamhill are reflected in these four barrels. Pommard makes up the equivalent of two barrels, with 115 and 777 each contributing a barrel-worth of fluid. They all came off Oct. 3-4, and it’s a marvelous example of a vintage deemed as “classic” by critics, ranking alongside those in 2012 and 2016. The gorgeously precise nose of dusty boysenberry, light toast and cocoa powder — mocha is viewed as an example the sedimentary soils above Laughlin Road – leads into a suave structure of juicy red berries that burst with flavor remarkable texture. It’s a marvelous example of Pinot Noir that’s Northwest in style, elevating ripe fruit beyond earthiness.
Rating: Outstanding! – 94 points
Production: 100 cases