(12.6% alcohol): Bright red. Fragrant, complex bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, incense and floral oils, with a strong spice element. Racy and precise, with sweet raspberry and cherry flavors complemented by Asian spices and a touch of blood orange. Closes with excellent energy and focus, leaving star anise and bitter cherry notes behind.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: July/August 2012
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88
Big Table's 2010 Pinot Noir Cattrall Vineyard comes from what's said to be the oldest continuously organically farmed vineyard in Oregon. (For more examples of what Cattrall can do, consult my notes in the accompanying report under Ransom Wines.) There is a reductive aspect to this coming out inter alia in the form of pork rinds. (OK, so some of you now know this will or won't be for you, while others might need to pick up a bag ' it's lots less expensive than a bottle of Pinot ' to find out what they smell like ;-). Fresh plum tinged with carob and sage emerges as this opens. It's a bit stiff on the palate compared with the other Pinots in the present collection, but strong fruit skin and savory carnal elements already insure a stimulating finish.