2015 Stermer Vineyard Pinot noir - 91+ 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 2015 Stermer shows lavender, strawberries, and black cherry, accented by deeper anise, peppercorn and cinnamon notes. The palate is medium bodied, textured and round. The finish is long and marked by sweet fruit and cocoa flavors.
91 pts – This shows a wealth of raspberry cheesecake on the nose from the outset in addition to glazed strawberries, cherries and walnut shell. The palate brims with spicy red berries and is full and rich with a fruit-forward finish. Drink now. - James Suckling
91 pts - Dark red. Bright and energetic on the nose, displaying fresh red and dark berry, floral pastille and peppery spice qualities and a smoky mineral topnote. Incisive raspberry and bitter cherry flavors become sweeter as the wine stretches out. In a graceful style, revealing no rough edges and showing very good tension on the long, floral-tinged finish. - Vinous (Josh Raynolds)