Oregon is still a land that lets her wines speak of the vintage. Perhaps it is the dominance of Pinot Noir. Perhaps it is the preponderance of organic and biodynamic vineyards. Whatever the reason, these wines are influenced in significant ways with the vagaries of the year's weather. And the Left Coast Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir "Cali's Cuvee" is no exception.
Left Coast Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir "Cali's Cuvee."
Rated 88/100 Points. B
A pleasant Pinot Noir showing the warmth of the vintage instead of Oregon's grace.
It's a Pain Perdue nose with gingerbread and rich red raspberry and blackberry jelly. There's plenty of acid, but you've also got spice and melted red fruit on the palate. Deliciously leaning into the warm 2014 vintage.
"Growing conditions were mostly dry and warmer than normal throughout the spring providing a great environment for flowering and fruit set. The result was large clusters that ripened evenly over the course of the warm, dry summer. The 2014 vintage broke the previous record for heat accumulation during the growing season, set in 2006. This record was broken not by the daytime highs but rather the overnight lows being higher than normal for most of the year." - 2014 Oregon Harvest Report.
There is incredible detail about this vintage here.
F.T.C. Disclosure: This wine was provided as a sample by the winery in return for an honest review. I am personal friends with one of the owners of the winery. I work for Cutting Edge Selections and represent many competitive Oregon wineries in Ohio and Kentucky.
Despite all of that, this is an honest review of the wine!