2009 Luminous Hills Estate Grown Pinot Noir LUX Yamhill-Carlton

Northwest Palate Magazine, March/April 2011. Attractive aromas of rose petals and red cherries combine with notes of dried tobacco and mushroom to create a sweet-savory nose.  Lean in the mouth with a silky texture, upon first sip the wine delivers punchy flavors of tasty candied red cherries with a forest floor foundation.  Additional sips show the fruit to have an appealing additional quality of dried roses and a nutty note of almond pit.  The whole is quite elegant, with polished tannins, ample acidity, and a rousing finish that lingers well.  Still a baby, this is a wine to cellar for 2-3 years to gain even more integration. Highly Recommended.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, July/August 2011. By: Josh Raynolds. Vivid ruby-red.  Powerful aromas of blackberry, cherry compote, anise and dried rose, with a sexy vanilla quality and a hint of smokiness.  Pliant dark berry flavors offer a suave blend of depth and vivacity.  Picks up spiciness with air and finishes on a juicy dark fruit note, with very good persistence. 90 points

PinotFile, August 13, 2011. By: Rusty Gaffney, MD. Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Flamboyant aromas of fresh red berries with Asian 5-spice. Well-endowed flavors of dark red cherries and berries with a firm tannic backbone. Similar to the ASTRA but more darkly fruited. Impressive persistence on the memorable finish. Despite the high alcohol, the fruit is neither over ripe or roasted in character. Very Good (+). Read full review here: http://princeofpinot.com/tastingnote/4434/