This is a complex wine that reflects the heat of the afternoon sun, the cool, windy evenings, and the rustic soils of the McMinnville hills while retaining the dark beauty of its intense, ripe fruit. It is aromatically complex with layers of blue and black fruit, Indian spices, coffee hints, and pepper. In the mouth the blue/black fruit flavors and eastern spice notes are layered with a "sauvage" sense of wildness. Texturally layered, its flavors vary in intensity and quality over your tongue and palate. Ample ripe tannins balance with its acidity.
Momtazi Vineyard grapes come from four blocks at the top of the vineyard on steep, exposed hillsides that become quite windblown. The de-stemmed grapes were fermented in small stainless steel and Burgundy oak fermenters. After gently pressing and settling the wine aged in French oak barrels, 28% which were new, for 16 months before bottling by gravity.
"Brilliant red. Deep-pitched red and dark berry aromas are complicated by suggestions of succulent herbs, cola, and lavendar. A subtle vanilla nuance emerges slowly with air. Juicy, focused, and pure, offering gently sweet black raspberry and cherry cola flavors, a touch of licorice and a jolt of peppery spices." – Josh Raynolds of Vinous, 92pts
100% Pinot Noir