Gran Moraine

Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

9.0138 ratings
9.026 pro ratings
Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Turkey, Game, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Duck, Goose, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Mushrooms, Chicken, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa, Shellfish
Top Notes For
Michael Chelus

Cherry, raspberry, currant, vanilla, mossy earth and oak. Light-bodied and soft tannins.

Cherry, raspberry, currant, vanilla, mossy earth and oak. Light-bodied and soft tannins.

Dec 30th, 2021
Ed Lehrman

Quite good, plenty of fruit and good tension.

Quite good, plenty of fruit and good tension.

Jul 25th, 2021
Lyn Farmer

This is a bit chunkier and less subtle than past vintages I’ve tasted and loved. This 2016 seems overripe with an uncharacteristically deep ruby color and a bit hot on the palate. Cherry, Violet, dried orange peel, raspberry, a touch of smoke - it’s unmistakably pinot noir but overdone

This is a bit chunkier and less subtle than past vintages I’ve tasted and loved. This 2016 seems overripe with an uncharacteristically deep ruby color and a bit hot on the palate. Cherry, Violet, dried orange peel, raspberry, a touch of smoke - it’s unmistakably pinot noir but overdone

Sep 30th, 2019
Joshua Crisp

Had once before and one to cherish before other bottles. A very high acid wine, especially for the 2012 Oregon vintage. Cut blackberries, black olives, wet oceanic soils, and cherries greet you on the nose. Bright acid of cherries mellow into blueberries and cremè de cassis, finishing long with black cherries, bramble, pepper, and hot Jory soil.

Had once before and one to cherish before other bottles. A very high acid wine, especially for the 2012 Oregon vintage. Cut blackberries, black olives, wet oceanic soils, and cherries greet you on the nose. Bright acid of cherries mellow into blueberries and cremè de cassis, finishing long with black cherries, bramble, pepper, and hot Jory soil.

3 people found it helpfulAug 29th, 2014
Adam Kincaid

Well, I’ll be damned. I could have sworn this was aged in American oak, not French. But then I looked, and yep, French barrels. Hard to say but there is some ‘yeehaw’ in this that you rarely get in an Oregon Pinot. It’s bigger and heavier and has a cowboy like quality. What I mean is that it’s less finesse and elegant, more in your face. Lots of vanilla and oak components. Heavy tobacco, some citric fruits too. Really delicious. Surprising that it’s Oregon.

Well, I’ll be damned. I could have sworn this was aged in American oak, not French. But then I looked, and yep, French barrels. Hard to say but there is some ‘yeehaw’ in this that you rarely get in an Oregon Pinot. It’s bigger and heavier and has a cowboy like quality. What I mean is that it’s less finesse and elegant, more in your face. Lots of vanilla and oak components. Heavy tobacco, some citric fruits too. Really delicious. Surprising that it’s Oregon.

1 person found it helpfulJan 14th, 2022
Lyn Farmer

Quite deep ruby for a Pinot noir tilting heavily to black fruit - cherry, Cassi and violet. It's delicious even if it isn't totally variety correct - there is a lot of oak spice here that tends to obscure the acidity and Elegance. Long finish, drinkable now.

Quite deep ruby for a Pinot noir tilting heavily to black fruit - cherry, Cassi and violet. It's delicious even if it isn't totally variety correct - there is a lot of oak spice here that tends to obscure the acidity and Elegance. Long finish, drinkable now.

1 person found it helpfulMay 8th, 2019
Jordan Wardlaw

Blackberry, black cherry, baking spice, violets, forest floor, seaweed. Very firm structure and brooding black fruit with a pronounced salinity. Just a baby, so give it a nice hard decant or preferably a few years in the cellar.

Blackberry, black cherry, baking spice, violets, forest floor, seaweed. Very firm structure and brooding black fruit with a pronounced salinity. Just a baby, so give it a nice hard decant or preferably a few years in the cellar.

1 person found it helpfulJul 3rd, 2018
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

8.8

Red floral, light black pepper, minerals and moist black earth.

Red floral, light black pepper, minerals and moist black earth.

Nov 13th, 2015
David Souza

Planted 2005. Good earth and fruit, but a bit pricey.

Planted 2005. Good earth and fruit, but a bit pricey.

Jun 29th, 2015
Sue Marsh

Delicious. Love the minerality in this wine. Beautiful and complex. I recommend decanting as she's still pretty young.

Delicious. Love the minerality in this wine. Beautiful and complex. I recommend decanting as she's still pretty young.

May 18th, 2015