2014 Stermer Vineyard Pinot noir - 92 pts.
Planted across from the winery in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, Stermer Vineyard has been farmed organically since being planted in 1997. With Willakenzie marine sedimentary soils composed of a thin layer of silty-clay loam atop sandstone, the wines from this site are often full-bodied with prominent cherry, spice and earth notes. The nose of the 2014 Stermer shows dried flowers, strawberries, and black cherry, accented by deeper licorice and cinnamon notes. The palate is medium bodied, textured and round. The finish is long and marked by sweet fruit and cocoa flavors.