“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