Reviews

New Releases

A Pinot Noir Dry Red Table wine from USA, Willamette Valley, Oregon,
USA Review by Neal Martin
eRobertParker.com # 225 (Jun 2016)
Rating: 93
Drink 2017 -2032
Cost: $48

The 2014 Pinot Noir Meyer Vineyard comes from vines planted in 2000/2001 on Jory soils and it was raised in around 60% new oak. It has a highly perfumed bouquet, quite floral with blueberry, cassis and blackberry scents that make quite an impression, developing a subtle sea salt note with time. The palate is medium bodied and it delivers impressive substance with a fine lattice of tannin; this is harmonious with palpable mineralité and tension towards the finish, which shows solid backbone. This is another impressive 2014 Pinot from Lemelson that should give 12 to 15 years of pleasure.

93 Points – eRobertParker.com

A Pinot Noir Dry Red Table wine from USA, Willamette Valley, Oregon,USA
Review by Neal Martin
eRobertParker.com # 225 (Jun 2016)
Rating: 92
Drink 2017 -2032
Cost: $54

The 2014 Pinot Noir Chestnut Hill Vineyard is a cherry picked blend from the namesake vineyard matured in 55% new oak. It has a composed bouquet that has much more complexity than the Thea’s Vineyard bottling, bestowed with a beautifully defined red currant and cranberry aromatic profile that is very detailed. The palate is medium bodied with succulent red berry fruit, a smear of marmalade and quite a structured finish. I like this a Pinot Noir with good substance whilst delivering satisfying finesse on the finish.
92 Points – eRobertParker.com

A Chardonnay Dry White Table wine from USA, Willamette Valley, Oregon,
USA Review by Neal Martin
eRobertParker.com# 225 (Jun 2016)
Rating: 91
Drink 2017- 2027
Cost: $30

The 2014 Chardonnay Reserve is sourced from Chestnut Hill in Chehalem, plus Johnson Vineyard and Washer Vineyard (three different AVAs). Aged for 16 months in barrel (30% new oak), it has a clean and precise bouquet with white flower and baking powder infusing the light tropical fruit, hints of papaya and kumquat developing just behind. The palate is medium bodied with an appealing waxy texture, peach and dried apricot notes on the entry with a pleasant leesy note on the finish. This is a subtle Chardonnay, very nuanced, one that I suspect will age with style. This is worth checking out and should provide delicious drinking over the next decade..
91 Points – eRobert Parker

A Pinot Gris Dry White Table wine from USA, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Review by Neal Martin
eRobertParker.com†# 225 (Jun 2016)
Rating:
90 Drink 2016 2024
Cost: $28

Sourced from the Chehalem AVA at around 970 feet altitude and aged for four months on the lees, the 2015 Pinot Gris Chestnut Hill offers touches of hazelnut and almond on the nose, hints of orange zest and granite developing in the glass. The palate is fresh on the entry with a keen line of acidity. It has a pleasing texture with lemongrass and saline notes (perhaps brine?) lending complexity towards the finish. This is certainly worth seeking out as it is a very well crafted Pinot gris full of varietal character one of the best you will find in Oregon.

90 Points – eRobertParker.com

Current Releases

Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry pit, peppery spices and licorice on the nose and palate. Silky, broad and open-knit, with hints of candied flowers and smoke emerging with aeration. Finishes supple and gently sweet, leaving notes of allspice and bitter cherry behind. I find this expressive pinot very approachable now.

90 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Brilliant ruby-red. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red berries, cola, Indian spices and smoky minerals, with a suave floral touch gaining strength with air. Silky and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet, smoke-tinged black raspberry and rose pastille flavors and hints of vanilla and five-spice powder. Expands and deepens on the long, penetrating finish, which is firmed by youthful, harmonious tannins and refreshing acidity. This was vinified with 20% whole clusters.
92 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Brilliant ruby-red. Intense raspberry, cherry and floral pastille scents are given depth by suggestions of cola and licorice pastille. Deep, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show excellent clarity thanks to a spine of smoky minerality. Expands with air and picks up a smoky quality that carries through a strikingly long, fruit-driven finish. Extremely sexy right now but I’ll bet that another four or five years of patience will be rewarded.
93 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Fresh and vibrant, firmly packed into a frame of fine tannins, with cherry, clove and white tea flavors on a lithe texture. Long finish. Best from 2016 through 2020.
91 Points – Wine Spectatorr

Vivid ruby-red. Mineral-laced black raspberry and potpourri scents show excellent clarity and a touch of Asian spices. Enters with lively red berry and peppery spice flavors, then fleshes out in the mid-palate to offer deeper cherry and blackberry qualities, along with a touch of mocha. Finishes with repeating mineral and floral notes, excellent focus and silky, slow-building tannins. By all means give this one another five years of bottle age.

92 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Fresh, vibrant and open-textured, with tingly tannins around a glowing core of black cherry and clotted cream flavors, lingering deftly. Drink now through 2020.

91 Points – Wine Spectator

Brilliant ruby. Smoky, mineral-laced raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by rose oil, cola and allspice. Suave red fruit compote flavors are given depth by a licorice nuance and sharpened by juicy acidity. Smooth, velvety and appealingly sweet, finishing with excellent clarity and persistence. The nicely integrated tannins don’t get in the way of the wine’s assertive fruit.

93 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Vivid ruby. Intense raspberry and floral scents, with suggestions of cinnamon, allspice and smoky minerals adding lift. Offers juicy, incisive red fruit, rose pastille and orange pith flavors accented by white pepper and lifted by juicy acidity and a hint of white pepper. Softens and sweetens on the finish, which is firmed by slow-building, dusty tannins. Give this energetic wine some air if you insist on drinking it now.

92 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Bright ruby-red. Powerful, smoke-accented blackberry, cherry and rose pastille scents are lifted by a zesty mineral quality and a touch of Asian spices. Fleshy, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show excellent depth and energy, with notes of cola, vanilla and black cardamom coming up slowly. Finishes supple and very long, with repeating spiciness, round tannins and superb length.
93 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

Light and bright, with juicy raspberry and floral flavors on a lithe, supple texture. The refined tannins barely touch the long, vivid finish. Drink now through 2019.

90 Points – Wine Spectator

Vivid ruby-red. Assertive aromas of blackberry, licorice, vanilla and smoky minerals, with a sexy floral nuance emerging with aeration. Juicy and bright on the palate, offering intense dark berry liqueur flavors with suggestions of cola and star anise. Finishes with supple tannins and excellent persistence, leaving a smoky note behind.

93 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

2010s

“This is all Yamhill-Carlton fruit, destemmed but with lots of whole berries; raised in 67% new oak. Bright ruby. High-pitched aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and anise. Juicy and tightly focused, offering energetic raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of musky herbs. A vanilla note comes up with air and carries through the long, sappy finish. This rich but lithe pinot drinks nicely already.”

92 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2012

“(57% new oak): Bright ruby-red. An exotically perfumed nose displays red and dark berries, cola and Asian spices, with subtle anise and floral nuances adding complexity. Sappy, deeply pitched black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are lifted by a tangy note of blood orange. This alluringly sweet and seamless pinot finishes with excellent clarity and lingering florality. The densest and most powerful of this set of wines and the one that deserves the most patience.”
92+ points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2012

“Vivid ruby. Intense, floral-accented aromas of fresh cherry and redcurrant complemented by underbrush and potpourri. Zesty red fruit and floral pastille flavors show very good depth and clarity. Picks up tangy minerality on the long, spicy finish, which features gently sweet raspberry and cherry-cola qualities.”
91 Points – Stephen Tanzer International Wine Cellar

“Velvety, offering pretty red berry and dark plum flavors mingling with floral and spice notes. The finish flows against refined tannins. Best from 2014 through 2018.” H.S. 90 pointsWine Spectator December 2012

“(This is a Yamhill-Carlton site; made from all destemmed fruit but lots of whole berries; 57% new oak): Brigh ruby-red. Intense red fruit and herb aromas, with notes of underbrush, licorice and cola adding complexity. Sappy, chewy and dense on entry, the livelier in the middle, offering sweet cherry and black raspberry flavors that become spicier with air. Closes with gentle tannic grip and excellent persistence, leaving star anise and smoke notes behind.”
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2012

“Open-textured, with appealingly meaty cherry and pomegranate flavors, showing welcome transparency as this glides to the smooth and inviting finish. Drink now through 2018.”
H.S. 90 points Wine Spectator December 2012

“(made from fruit grown in seven different vineyards): Ruby-red. Spice-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry, sassafras and anise, with a smoky nuance building with air. Sappy and expansive, offering dark berry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of vanilla. Closes with very good breadth and focus, leaving vanilla and peppery spice notes behind.” 90 pointsStephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2012

90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2012

 

2009s

“Although, the Chestnut HIll selection from Lemelson remained stubbornly hard and tight after opening, it rewarded extra patience with added depth and polish. The red fruits showed the most concentration of all the 2009s from this producer, and oak accents of cinnamon and toast were beautifully integrated. A seamless middle and exceptional length mark this wine as one to cellar.”
Cellar Selection – P.G. 93 points Wine Enthusiast June 2012

“Ruby-red. Raspberry and roasted coffee on the nose, with complicating notes of dried rose and sassafras. Sappy and broad in the mouth, with very good depth to its sweet red and dark berry flavors. Finishes spicy and focused, with lingering notes of star anise, camphor and white pepper. Tightly wound but very promising, with no excess fat.”

91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2011

“Deep ruby-red. Pungent bouquet displays cherry-vanilla, raspberry preserves and oak spices, with slow-building florality. Lush, creamy and broad, offering powerful red fruit flavors that take a darker turn on the back half, with a smoky nuance creeping in. Gains weight and sweetness with air, finishing with notes of cola and candied raspberry. This drinks very well now with an hour or so of air.”
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2011

“The flagship 2009 Pinot Noir Jerome Reserve spent 15 months in 67% new French oak and was sourced from four vineyards with Stermer playing the leading role. Aromas of cassis, black cherry, coriander, anise, and cedar leads to a spicy, savory, complex Pinot that has the best concentration and length of all the Lemelson wines. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and should drink well for a decade.”
92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate October 31, 2011

“Once again the Jerome Reserve delivers the goods – a fine core of ripe cherry fruit, wrapped in pretty new oak. It’s full-bodied, round and textural, while retaining a crisp, well-defined focus. Barrel aging adds complexity, with streaks of coffee, licorice, and dark chocolate.
92 pointsWine Enthusiast June 2012

“Dark and spicy, with a tangy balance lifting the licorice-inflected blackberry flavors through the refreshing finish. Drink now through 2017.”
417 cases made. – H.S. 90 Points Wine Spectator June 30, 2012

“Lithe, ebullient and appealing for its boysenberry, currant and raspberry fruit, layered with hints of cinnamon and tobacco as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017.” 71 cases made.

– H.S. 91 Points Wine Spectator June 30, 20122

“Ruby with a bright rim. The deepest of these ’09s right now, showing blackberry, cherry-cola and mocha on the nose and palate. Smooth and sweet, with very good depth and a seamless texture. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with sexy floral pastille and licorice nuances. This is pretty suave right now.”
91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2011

“Light, lithe and juicy, showing raspberry and cola flavors that persist nicely on the open-textured finish. Drink now through 2017. H.S. 90 Points Wine Spectator May 31, 2012

“Forward and accessible, this wine has broadly displayed flavors of berry and milk chocolate, along with more subtle details of cayenne and herb. The nuances sneak up on you, but make for a fascinating ride. Drink now or give it another 3-4 years.”

P.G. 90 points Wine Enthusiast

“Ruby-red. Sexy, floral-accented aromas of red and dark berries, Asian spices and incense. Vaguely head-shoppy, with a spicy overlay to the sweet raspberry, blackberry and floral pastille flavors. Bitter chocolate and berry notes linger on the long, firm finish.”
90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2011

Stermer Vineyard 2009 Pinot noir Reviews

“Vivid ruby. Cherry and blackberry on the nose, with complicating floral and star anise nuances. Lively, incisive dark berry flavors show very good clarity and pick up a brighter raspberry quality on the back half. Stretches out with aeration and finishes with lingering rose and gingerbread notes.”

91 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2011

“The 2009 Pinot Noir Stermer Vineyard from a Yamhill-Carlton site displays exotic spices, incense, dried herbs, cherry, and raspberry. In the glass it opens to reveal outstanding depth for the vintage, some succulence, a velvety texture, and plenty of stuffing. Give it 1-2 years and drink it from 2012 to 2019, perhaps longer.”

91 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate October 31, 2011

“Young, tart and racy, Lemelson’s Stermer single-vineyard selection shows a pleasing mix of red fruits, set in sharp acids that crisply define the core flavors. Clean and focused, with a tight but persistent finish that leaves the impression of fresh, bracing cranberries”

90 pointsWine Enthusiast June 2012

“Bright ruby. Musky aromas of dark berry and cherry skin, cola and licorice, with a brighter floral quality emerging with aeration. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering densely packed blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain spiciness on the back end. At once rich and energetic, finishing with persistent floral notes and a touch of spicy herbs. Give this some time in the decanter, or stash it away for a few more years.”

90 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar July/August 2011

“This refined, generous and focused Pinot offers ripe cherry and spice flavors on a deft frame, remaining flavorful as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2016” . 6,123 cases made.

H.S. 90 Points Wine Spectator June 30, 2011