Name: Carlton Hill Estate Pinot Noir
Country: United States
Sub-Region: Willamette Valley
Producer: Carlton Hill Wine Company
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vinous Review: 92 Points
Bright ruby. Explosively perfumed, oak-accented nose evokes black raspberry, cherry-cola and smoky Indian spices, with a sneaky floral quality building with air. Sappy, densely packed red and dark berry flavors show liqueur-like intensity but are impressively energetic. The spicy quality comes back strong on the finish, which clings with very good tenacity. I'd let this one age for at least another few years.
The Wine Advocate: 91 points
The 2008 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve was aged in 50% new oak for 20 months and was made with 30% whole clusters. Richer, riper, and more intensely flavored than its sibling, it deftly combines elegance and power. It has enough ripe tannin to blossom for another 3-4 years and will present a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2023.