93pts Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from the central part of the Willamette Valley, the 2015 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton comes from two vineyards (Gran Moraine and Gran Moraine Estate Vineyards) and sees just a touch of whole cluster. It's one of the larger production cuvees yet still ends up being a cellar selection due to the amount of fruit they work with. Darker in color than the Chehalem Mountains release, it offers more black raspberries, black cherry, cranberry, sappy herbs and earth in a medium-bodied, silky, polished, very juicy style. With impressive purity, an elegant texture, fine tannin and a good finish, it's reminiscent of an elegant Gevrey.
91pts Wine Spectator
Plump and loaded with polished fruit, offering black raspberry and cherry flavors, with spice and cinnamon accents that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2023.
91pts James Suckling
Pure aromas of cherries, raspberries and light tobacco. Rose petals, too. Medium to full body, round tannins and a crispy finish. Fruit forward.
This wine has a cherry, damp earth and iron character. It is ripe and fresh, with a soft, juicy texture and a lovely sweetness on the finish accompanied by hints of star anise.
90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton has black cherry and mulberry notes with notions of violets, chocolate box and cloves. Medium-bodied, it delivers a great intensity of firmly-textured red and black fruit, finishing long with a fruity burst. Rating: 90+
In comparison to the Chehalem Mountains fruit that Siduri has used for the previous two decades, the fruit from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA produces bigger, richer wines. Though this works well for Siduri given the winery's California experience, the goal here is not to make a California wine out of Oregon fruit, but rather to produce something that is true to type. Moreover, Siduri truly wanted to produce a wine not just with size but also with complexity. Thanks to the great work of vineyard manager, Ken Kupperman, the winery was able to get fruit that was ripe, rich, and also able to produce a wine with balance and complexity.