Name: Carlton Hill Estate Pinot Noir
Country: United States
Sub-Region: Willamette Valley
Producer: Carlton Hill Wine Company
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vinous Review: 91 points
Vivid ruby-red. Exotic, heady aromas of red and dark berry preserves, cola and smoky Indian spices. Cherry-vanilla and black raspberry flavors show very good depth and power, with gentle acidity adding lift and clarity. Finishes broad and smooth, with lingering spiciness and very good cling. This pinot is approachable now but has the depth to age.
-- Josh Raynolds
The Wine Advocate: 89 points
To as he put it "hedge my bets" Polite harvested 60% of his 2009 crop September 30 and the balance on October 10 after intervening rain but a return of warmth and sun, managing to keep his 2009 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve - consisting of just four selected barriques - to just below 14% finished alcohol. In response to vintage conditions, he incorporated half whole clusters in this wine's ferment. Dried cranberry, smoky black tea, brown spices, and salt mingle for a pungently penetrating and mouthwateringly savory Pinot experience. Hints of white pepper as well as a slight edginess of tannin make for slight rusticity in a nonetheless persistent finish. I would expect this to be worth following for 2-3 years but skeptical about longer-term potential.