Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Like 2012 Three Vineyard in size, but sleeker, this vintage is deeply colored, seriously structured with perfect balance, light silk nap tannin and a firmness and richness of sweetness, glove leather and bing cherries; although a bit closed in its youth, this brilliant wine exhibits cherry Danish, brioche, baking cocoa, meatiness, dusty plum, pomegranate, pipe tobacco, smokiness, minerality and spices; portends well for later 2014 releases.
Wine Enthusiast – This blend of the three estate vineyards is the first Pinot to be released from each vintage. Here it spent time in 22% oak, roughly half new. Cranberry, pomengranate, dried herbs and some gently earthy tannins combine in a tart, gulpable style.
Allen Meadows – Here the nose is both more restrained and a bit more deeply pitched with soft hints of spice and sandalwood adding breadth to the darker fruit. There is a caressing mouth feel to the delicious, supple and sleek middle weight flavors that retain a fine sense of delineation on the dusty, palate coating and persistent finish. I very much like the balance and this too should reward several years of cellaring. 91/2019+ Burghound, Issue 58, 2015
In a mixed or straight case: $56.99