2016 Stermer Vineyard Pinot noir
Pinot noir - 94 pts
94 points - Vinous/ Josh Raynolds
"Brilliant magenta. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays intense red/blue fruit, Asian spice, vanilla and licorice qualities, with a zesty mineral topnote that builds in the glass..."
92 points - James Suckling
"Impressively spicy aromas with fresh red cherries that deliver lithe and energetic on the palate with assertive tannins that expand the finish. Boldly spicy oak and cherries abound. Drink or hold."
An unusually warm spring kicked off another record early grape harvest for 2016. Unlike 2015, which was equally early, 2016 had a much more moderate summer with fewer heat spikes than either 2014 or 2015. A small heat spike during bloom lead to a smaller fruit set with smaller berries. A slightly warmer than usual August shepherded the modest crop loads to full ripeness in record time. As a result, the 2016 wines show stunning concentration and balance when compared to other warm vintages with similarly pristine, ripe fruit. 2016 marks the 3rd consecutive stellar vintage in the northern Willamette.