2012 Cornerstone Stepping Stone Cuvée Artist Series Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 500 cases, $30. Label features “Color of Life” painting by Oregon artist Janet Ekholm. Sourced from several vineyards in multiple appellations. Clones are Pommard, 115, 777 and Wädenswil. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 18% new. Intended to be drunk “young and cool.” · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Highly fragrant initially with aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and dried rose petal. As warming occurred over time in the glass, fruity aromas were displaced by notes of forest floor and garden bouquet. The satisfying mid weight core of black cherry and black raspberry fruits was backed by firm, but tucked in tannins. The cherry-driven finish was very dry and appealing. Best enjoyed with a slight chill. Score: 89. Reviewed March 16, 2015

Winery: Cornerstone and Stepping Stone Cellars
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir