In 2016 we had access
to vineyard sites that came with the purchase by Jackson Family Wines,"
Lynn Penner-Ash explains. "Those sites brought some freshness to the
wines. They are fresher and livelier than what we saw from the other warm
vintages." She also notes that the oak usage dropped quite a bit in 2016, down
to about 19%-23% from 20%-40%. Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016
Pinot Noir Willamette Valley opens with just the slightest touch of
gunflint-like reduction on the nose, giving way to red cherries, cranberries
and warm raspberry with underlying suggestions of pink peppercorn and flowers.
Light to medium-bodied, it gives up great layers of warm red and blue fruits
with earthy accents of forest floor, wet earth and bark. It's structured by
fine-grained tannins and great juicy acidity carrying the long fruit-forward
finish. This is youthfully coiled but should blossom beautifully.