2009 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Oregon Wine Press, March 2, 2011. Pinots for Pleasure’s Sake. Classic attributes are here in abundance. Rose in the nose. Softness on the palate. Cola and cherry in the mid-mouth. Accents of mineral and spice. And all this from a blend that combines two quite different AVAs — Yamhill-Carlton and Eola-Amity Hills. Need we say more? Oregon 2009 Pinot Noir appears to be a big winner that appreciators of more modest means will be able to enjoy in abundance.  Read full review here: http://oregonwinepress.com/article?articleTitle=pinots+for+pleasure%E2%80%99s+sake–1304370359–738–value_picks

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, July/August 2011. By: Josh Raynolds. Light, bright red.  Shy and slow to open, eventually displaying scents of strawberry, redcurrant and rhubarb.  Tangy but restrained red fruit flavors are complemented by a bitter rhubarb nuance and gain spiciness with air.  Fat-free and precise, with good finishing cut and a slightly tart edge.  I like this wine’s clarity and energy but would have liked a bit more sweetness of fruit. 88 points

PinotFile, August 13, 2011.  Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Hint of volatile acidity which lessens over time. Scent of spiced red berries and a hint of new oak. Flavors of red strawberries and cranberries and cherries with savory herbs. Bright acidity and mild tannins. A daily drinker. Decent. Read full review here: http://princeofpinot.com/tastingnote/4429/