Bing cherry, plums, and exotic spices on the nose. Framed by fine, textured tannins that lead to a creamy palate of red berries, bramble, black fruit, and dark chocolate. Balanced acidity throughout that finishes long with tobacco and wood spice.
Steve Tanzer 91 points - Assembled over an eight week period during the summer after harvest, and incorporating a majority of the 85-100 individual lots of Pinot that she says are annually typical in her cellar, Penner-Ashs 2010 Pinot Noir like most such intro-level offerings from prominent Willamette wineries essentially represents a compilation of the many barrels that werent selected for single-vineyard, prestige, or sub-appellation bottlings. The result involves around 25-30% new wood. This is a very clean, texturally rather spare offering, dominated by a, for its vintage, surprisingly cooked rather than fresh sense of dark berries. Faint warmth and bitterness creeps into what is nonetheless a successfully persistent finish. I would plan to enjoy this within the next 2-3 years. (While hardly without merit, the 2002 tasted alongside was beginning to turn drying and brittle, exhibiting as much character of autumnal leaves as berry fruit.)
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2010 PENNER-ASH PINOT NOIR WILLAMETTE
"Bright violet color. Sexy raspberry and cherry aromas, along with notes of rose, sassafras and Asian spices. Sappy and refreshingly bitter in the mouth, with intense flavors of wild red berries, rose pastille and anise. Perfumed and spicy on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity." Steve Tanzer 91 points