Wine Reviews

2012

2012 Penner-Ash Pas de Nom Pinot Noir 94 points

Brilliant ruby. Heady smoke- and spice- accented blackberry, mulberry and potpourri scents show superb clairty, with subtle cola, vanilla and sassafras notes adding complexity. Pliant and alluring sweet on the palate, offering intense red and dark berry liqueur flavors that gain energy and floral character with air. At once concentrated and energetic, finishing with powerful thrust, supple tannins and a whiplash of sweet dark berries and floral pastilles. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2012 Penner-Ash Shea Pinot Noir 94 points

Deep ruby. Intense, spice-tinged cherry and dark berry aromas are complicated by notes of mocha, anise, underbruch and potpourri. Offers palate-staining red and dark berry flavors and suggestions of candied rose and spicecake, with a hint of vanilla bean adding sweetness. Seamless in texture and quite lively for its power, finishing with superb clarity and length and supple tannins that add shape to the wine's energetic berry fruit and floral qualities. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2012 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Pinot Noir 93 points

Vivid ruby. Dark berries, Asian spices, sandalwood and smoky minerals on the exotically perfumed nose. Offers sweet black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors, plus suggestions of mocha, star anise and floral pastilles, with a spine of juicy acidity adding lift. In a powerful style but shows excellent clarity and energy too. Closes broad, sweet and long, with outstanding lingering spiciness. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175 

2012 Penner-Ash Palmer Creek Pinot Noir 93 points

Vivid ruby. Potent cherry-cola, boysenberry and vanilla scents are lifted by smoky Indian spices and fresh flowers. Stains the palate with sweet, deep flavors of dark berries and spicecake. Aeration brings up a hint of mocha and a sexy rose pastille nuance that carries through a strikingly long, smoky, gently tannic finish. Lots going on here now. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2012 Penner-Ash Bella Vida Vineyard 93 points

Brilliant ruby. Black raspberry, cherry-cola, lavender pastille and vanilla on the powerfully scented nose, with Asian spice and mineral notes building in the glass. Supple, expansive and alluring sweet dark berry and spicecake flavors show excellent depth and are lifted by gentle acidity, which adds clarity and bite. Emphatically fruity and focused on the finish, which is framed by velvety tannins that merge smoothly into the wine's plush fruit. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2012 Penner-Ash Estate Pinot Noir 92 points

Vivid ruby. Aromas of ripe blackberry, cola, lavender and allspice, with subtle vanilla and mineral qualities in the background. Fleshy and silky in texture, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors that are given lift and spine by juicy acidity. Becomes slow-mounting tannins. I like the blend of richness and vivacity here. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2012 Penner-Ash Elevee Pinot Noir 92 points

Brilliant ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of red and dark berry preserves, woodsmoke, Indian spices and anise. Sweet and broad on the palate, offering creamy black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors and an emerging hint of cola. Shows very good clarity and lift on the finish, which features dusty tannins and notes of musky herbs and sweet chewing tobacco. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2012 Penner-Ash Hyland Pinot Noir 91 points

Vivid-ruby red. Spicy red berries, cherry and rose on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Offers juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors, a touch of cola and white pepper nuance that adds refreshing bite. The red fruit and spice notes come back strong on the finish, which is framed by silky tannins and sharpened by a zesty mineral quality. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2012 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 90 points

Brilliant ruby-red. Intense raspberry and cherry aromas are complemented by white pepper, allspice and smoky minerals. On the palate, juicy, sharply focused red fruit flavors stretch out and gain weight with air. Finishes on a lively spicy note, with very good length and sneaky tannins. Distinctly elegant for the vintage and very enjoyable now. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2014, Issue 175

2011

2011 Penner-Ash Pas de Nom Pinot Noir 92 points

Bright Ruby. Intense red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by notes of cola, anise and rose oil. Juicy and sharply focused on entry, then fleshier and broader in the mid-palate, offering sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of allspice. A smoky note comes up on the finish, which features gentle tannins and a kick of peppery spices. I like this pinot's blend of power and vivacity. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2013

2011 Penner-Ash Estate Dussin Pinot Noir 91 points

Vivid ruby-red. Smoky cherry and dark berries on the perfumed nose. Plush, palate-coating cherry-cola and mocha flavors show very good depth for the vintage and pick up a sexy floral pastille nuance with air. The smoky note repeats on the finish, which is shaped by silky, nicely integrated tannins. This vineyard is located in the Yamhill-Carlton subzone. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2013

2011 Penner-Ash Shea Pinot Noir 92 points

Fresh and open-textured, this is light on its feet but nicely fleshed out with ripe cherry, boysenberry, coffee and delicate spice flavors, lingering easily on the refined finish. Wine Spectator Insider, August 2013

2011 Penner-Ash Shea Pinot Noir 91 points

Ruby-red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of raspberry, cola and dried rose. Juicy, penetrating and appealing sweet, with a seamless texture to its energetic red fruit and floral pastille flavors. Deeper notes of licorice and mocha come up with air and carry through a long, smooth, gently tannic finish. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2013

2011 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Pinot Noir 91 points

Vivid ruby-red. Dark berries and cherry pit on the fragrant nose. Sappy and nicely focused, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors, with a touch of orange zest lending a tangy edge. Closes smooth and gently sweet, with very good clarity and fine-grained tannins. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2013

2011 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Pinot Noir 91 points

Surprisingly dark for the vintage, with firm tannins giving way to light-weight flavors, offering berry and black tea notes that linger enticingly against velvety texture.  Wine Spectator Insider, August 2013

2011 Penner-Ash Palmer Creek Pinot Noir 91 points

This velvety red is especially inviting for its detailed raspberry, rhubarb, espresso and white chocolate flavors, lingering enticingly on the finish. Wine Spectator Insider, August 2013

2010

2010 Penner-Ash Pas de Nom Pinot Noir   94 points

Soft and inviting, this is plush, with refined tannins around a light- textured core of black cherry and blackberry flavors, with a hint of roasted grain. Offers richness without excess weight, and the finish just keeps dancing. Drink now through 2018. Wine Spectator Insider, August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Pas de Nom Pinot Noir    93 points

Vivid ruby. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of dark berry liqueur, cherry, lavender and cola, with smoke and sandalwood nuances building in the glass. Sappy, focused, impressively concentrated blackberry and cherry flavors show a plush, seamless quality and a late note of licorice. Closes with outstanding energy and thrust, leaving cola and berry skin notes behind. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir   93 points

Vivid ruby-red. Sexy, oak-spiced aromas of black raspberry, anise and potpourri. Supple, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors show very good intensity and focus, with a cherry-cola nuance adding interest. Rich, silky and seamless in texture, with subtle floral and Asian spice nuances coming up with air.  Fine-grained tannins add shape to the very long, sweet, smoky finish, which features an exotic touch of lavender pastille. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir   93 points

Ripe, round and vivid, offering a checkerboard of spicy cherry, mint and dark chocolate flavors that wind their way past refined tannins and linger on the open, harmonious finish. Drink now through 2020. The Wine Spectator Insider, August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Bella Vida Vineyard    93 points

Sleek and silky, brimming with ripe currant and blackberry flavors that show a hint of coffee. Shines from an open texture that lets the finish expand easily and linger enticingly. Drink now through 2020. Wine Spectator Insider, August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Pinot Noir   92 points

Bright ruby-red.  Intense aromas of candied cherry, blackberry, allspice and cola, with a smoky topnote.  Pliant and broad on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that pick up spiciness with air.  Finishes sweet and long, with lingering floral character and very good clarity.  September 2012 Release
International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Pinot Noir    92 points

Light, lithe and supple, brimming with raspberry and strawberry fruit. Hints at cream and delicate spices as the polished finish lingers evocatively. Drink now through 2017. Wine Spectator Insider, August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Estate Dussin Pinot Noir   92 points

Vivid ruby-red.  An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied cherry and black raspberry, with musky herb and dried rose nuances.  Sappy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show very good intensity and pick up subtle cola and sassafras qualities with air.  Finishes smoky and very long, with resonating spiciness and lingering mocha and cola notes.  Current International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir     91 points

Fresh and vibrant, with blackberry, black cherry and cocoa flavors mingling effectively on an open texture, coming together harmoniously as the finish sails on nicely.  Drink now through 2018. Wine Spectator Insider, August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Palmer Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Fresh and inviting, with equal parts delicacy and verve, offering dark berry notes, with a hint of mint, as the flavors kick into the lively finish.  Drink now through 2017. Wine Spectator Insider, August 2012

2010 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir   91 points

Bright violet color.  Sexy raspberry and cherry aromas, along with notes of rose, sassafras and Asian spices.  Sappy and refreshingly bitter in the mouth, with intense flavors of wild red berries, rose pastille and anise.  Perfumed and spicy on the finish, which clings with impressive tenacity.  Current International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds, July/August 2012

 

2009

2009 Penner-Ash Pas de Nom Pinot Noir   94 points

Taut, racy and sleek, with vibrant acidity to support the black cherry, black tea and mineral flavors, finishing with a tarry edge and generous tannins. This has an aristocratic feel. Best from 2013 through 2019.  The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman  August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Pas de Nom Pinot Noir   93 points

The most complex wine in the portfolio, it offers up a captivating nose of exotic spices, lilacs, sandlewood and black fruits. Velvety on the palate with a sense of elegance, it is a concentrated, lengthy, posh effect that will reward with 2-3 years of cellaring.  The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller  November 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Pas de Nom Pinot Noir   93 points

Bright ruby.  Black raspberry, cherry-cola, incense and fresh rose on the highly perfumed, oak-spiced nose.  Supple and sweet, offering deep red and dark berry preserve flavors and notes of candied flowers and spicecake.  A suave vanilla note builds with air and carries through the very long, juicy, smoke-accented finish.  Smooth and very seductive now, but has the depth to reward at least another five years of aging. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds July/August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir   94 points

Immensely appealing for its open texture and pure currant and boysenberry fruit, shaded with of roast chicken and rosemary, finishing with a nice lilt of acidity against satiny texture. Drink now through 2019. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman  August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Reveals spice notes, incense, cedar, black cherry and black raspberry aromas. In the glass it opens to display its easy-going personality, velvety texture and excellent balance. The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller   November 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard  Pinot Noir   93 points

Light and silky, brimming with gorgeous plum and blueberry fruit, hinting at cream, white tea and talcum as the finish lingers elegantly and intensely. Drink now through 2019. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman  August 2011  

2009 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir   92 points

Bright ruby.  Powerful aromas of black raspberry, candied violet and cola, with an oak spice nuance adding vivacity.  Rich but lively in the mouth, offering sappy, palate-staining dark berry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors.  Finishes smooth and long, leaving floral and vanilla notes behind.  This could stand up to strongly seasoned red meats. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds July/August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir   92 points

Shows impressive aromatics of this grand cru site. Exotic spices, sandalwood, incense, cassis, and black cherry notes compose the bouquet of this deep, structured, lengthy offering. It will provide enjoyment for another decade. The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller  November 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Estate Dussin Vineyad Pinot Noir   92 points

Structured with an extra layer of savory fruit, plenty of spice notes and floral aromas. This impeccably balanced effort is likely to evolve fro 1-2 years and will drink nicely through 2019. The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller  November 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Estate Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Full ruby-red.  Powerful, oak-spiced aromas of blackberry and cherry, with a pungent floral quality and a hint of licorice.  Shows the ripe side of the year, with palate-coating dark berry and floral pastille flavors and a sexy note of spicecake.  Leaves mocha and vanilla notes behind on the long, sappy, smoky finish.  This could handle a rich piece of roasted or braised red meat. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds July/August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Elevee Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Light, tight and focused, with a nice play between red berry flavors and dark, smoky notes, finishing with a lilt. This will benefit from cellaring. Best from 2013 through 2019. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman  August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Taut and muscular, but not weighty, with a glow of cherry and spice at the core opening into hints of orange peel and black tea as the finish persists with power. Best 2013 through 2019.The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman  August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Exhibits scents of exotic spices, smoke, rose petal, black cherry and black raspberry. This is followed by a velvety textured, ripe, spicy, concentrated wine that will blossom for several more years. Drink until 2021, if not longer. The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller  November 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 91 points

Full ruby-red. Raspberry, cherry pit and spicecake on the fragrant nose. Deeply pitched red and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of rhubarb and bitter chocolate, along with slow-mounting smokiness and a late lick of peppery spice. Shows very good power and focus on the finish, which lingers with strong spicy persistence. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds July/August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Bella Vida Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Sleek, focused and appealing for its dark berry, pepper and spice flavors, lingering on a tangy finish. Drink now through 2017. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman  August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  90 points

Ruby-red.  Sexy aromas of strawberry and raspberry preserves and potpourri, with slow-building spiciness and a hint of vanillin oak.  Sappy and nicely focused on the palate, offering lively red and dark berry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate.  Finishes with good grip and punch, repeating the red fruit note.  For a rich wine this shows good energy. International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds  July/August 2011

2009 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  90 points

Sleek and silky, with cherry and wet earth flavors, finishing on a savory note. This has firm tannins that stay behind the fruit as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2017. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman  October 2011 

 

2008

2008 Penner-Ash Pas De Nom Pinot Noir 95 points
Light on its feet, with gorgeous currant, plum and wet stone aromas and flavors that remain expressive and intense without any apparent weight. Tannins are beautifully integrated, while the finish goes on and on. Drink now through 2020. From Oregon. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

 2008 Penner-Ash Pas De Nom Pinot Noir 93 points

Dark ruby in color with an already complex and expressive bouquet of pain grille, Asian spices, underbrush, floral notes, black cherry and black raspberry. On the palate it is dense, packed and rich, bordering on opulent. Powerful (at the bit of a bit of elegance), exceptionally long and seamless, it has the structure, balance and precision for a long life. It is a candidate to see its 20th birthday in fine form. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2008 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 94 points
Ripe, round and complex, delivering black cherry, currant and plum flavors layered with flashes of wet granite, slate and white pepper, which add extra sparkle on the intense, but not dense, structure. Seductive stuff. Drink now through 2018. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2008 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 94 points

Crimson-colored offering with an already complex bouquet of Asian spices, incense, smoke, underbrush, plum and black cherry. Layered, sweetly fruited, and with exceptional volume and balance, this lengthy effort is the most complete and seamless wine in the portfolio. It will require a well-developed ability to delay gratification a la Orson Welles - 4 to 5 years down the road.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2008 Penner-Ash Bella Vida Vineyard Pinot Noir 93 points
Smooth and velvety, light in texture and vibrant with red berry, pomegranate, mineral and white pepper flavors, lingering effectively on the focused finish. Drink now through 2018. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2008 Penner-Ash Bella Vida Vineyard Pinot Noir 92 points

Dark Ruby in color, it proffers a lovely perfume of cedar, underbrush, black cherry and black raspberry. Spicy on the palate with loads of savory black fruits on a velvety texture. It contains fine-grained tannin to evolve  for another 2-3 years and has a drinking window extending from 2012-2020.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2008 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 93 points
Lithe in texture, vivid in flavor, delivering a whoosh of cherry, blackberry, smoke and wet earth character on a light, sleek frame. The finish sails on nicely. Drink now through 2018.  The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2008 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir 92 points

Not quite as perfumed as the Elevee, but has a bit more concentration and layering of fruit. It narrows slightly in the finish but is nevertheless an impressive effort for drinking over the next 6-8 years.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2008 Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir 93 points

Dark ruby in color, this exceptionally perfumed Pinot displays an aromatic array of wood smoke, toast, floral notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to an elegantly styled, spicy, focused, impeccably balanced wine with excellent volume, intensity of flavor, and a lengthy, seamless finish. It merits a minimum of 3-4 years of cellaring. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2008 Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir  92 points

Broad and ripe, featuring dark berry and smoky, minerally flavors that compete for attention on a light and airy frame. Firm tannins mark this for the cellar, but the generosity of flavor should carry it well. Best from 2012 through 2018. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2008 Penner-Ash Oregon Viognier 91 points

Smooth and round, with a big hit of pear setting up a cascade of extra notes of lychee, cream and white pepper. The finish extends nicely. Drink now. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman September 2009

 

2007

2007 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir   92 points

Medium dark magenta in color and offers aromas of cola, mushrooms and earth. It boasts a lush palate of ripe, mouth filling dark cherry fruit flavors with notes of cola, licorice and vanilla. A delicious wine with a long, long finish. The International Wine Review - April 2009

2007 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir   90 points

Medium ruby-colored, it offers an enticing bouquet of smoke, spice box, cherry and raspberry. Medium bodied, on the palate it has a solid acid backbone, light tannin, plenty of savory red fruit and an overall elegant personality. Another 1-2 years of bottle age should round it out although it can be enjoyed now. Wine Advocate Issue 185, Jay Miller

2007 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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Lynn Penner-Ash found a spot-on expression for the year. Lovely clarity, edged with accents of dry bark and huckleberry. Densely knit tannins form a seamless texture, heightened by a citrus-peel lift. The San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonne

2007 Penner-Ash Pas De Nom Pinot Noir   92 points

Ripe, focused and light on its feet, showing finesse in the wary this carries a rush of cherry, mint and wet earth flavors through the long, expressive finish with only minimal tannins along the way. Drink now through 2013. The Wine Spectator,  Harvey Steiman  September 2009

2007 Penner-Ash Pas De Nom Pinot Noir   92 points

Delivers a superb nose of toast, spice box, black cherry and black raspberry. This leads to an elegant, structured wine with excellent depth of flavor, savory spice notes, succulent flavors and lengthy, pure finish. It will benefit from 2-3 years fo additional cellaring and provide pleasure through 2019 Wine Advocate Issue 185  - Jay Miller 

2007 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir   92 points

Reveals toasty barrel notes, a bit of scorched earth, and dark fruits. On the palate it exhibits layered, savory fruit, good depth and sweetness of fruit. There is enough underlying ripe tannin to support another 2-3 years of bottle age and will provide optimal drinking from 2011 to 2019. Wine Advocate Issue 185 - Jay Miller

2007 Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir   91 points

Medium dark ruby in color, it has an alluring perfume of balsam wood, incense, spice box, black cherry and black raspberry. Round and softer than the Shea bottling, it can be enjoyed now but has enough structure to evolve for another 1-2 years. Wine Advocate Issue 185 - Jay Miller

2007 Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir   90 points 

Supple, with light peppery tannins around a lively core of plum and currant fruit, lingering on the expressive, delicate finish. Drink now through 2013. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman September 2009

 

2006

2006 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir    93 points

Soft and ripe. Offers a generous mouthful of dark plum, black cherry, black pepper and cream flavors that linger impressively on the nicely focused finish against fine tannins. Best from 2009 through 2014. 350 cases made.  The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2006 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    90 points

Round and velvety, with focused plum, blackberry and smoke flavors that shoot right through a layer of fine tannins and persist into the finish, bringing a little heat as they linger. Best from 2009 through 2014. 4,500 cases made. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2006 Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir    90 points

Smooth, with a lithe feel to the plum, pepper and sweet spice flavors, lingering softly and becoming more expressive with each succeeding sip. Best from 2009 through 2013. 725 cases made. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2006 Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir    92 points

Aromas of pain grille, earth notes, red and black cherry, and raspberry. Silky, ripe, and layered, the wine has excellent concentrationand lengthy finish. Give it 1-2 years of further bottle age and drink it from 2010 -2018. The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2006 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    91 points

Medium ruby colored, it reveals a spicy, already complex aromatic array of roses, cherries, and raspberries. this followed by a velvety-textured, elegant wine with savory red and blue fruit flavors, no hard edges and medium-long, pure finish. Drink it next 4-6 years. The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2006 Penner-Ash Seven Springs Pinot Noir    91 points

Dark, ruby-colored with a nose offering violets, black cherry and black raspberry. Dense with notes of black cherry preserves and cassis, this layered effort is intense and lengthy. Give it 2-3 years and drink it from 2011-2020. The Wine Advocate, Jay Miller

2006 Penner-Ash Seven Springs Pinot Noir    93 points

The Seven Springs Vineyard reveals a saturated dark ruby color and profusely aromatic nose of sweet plum, blue-blackberry, cola, and spice. Round, lush and silky in the mouth, it is perfectly balanced and integrated with flavors of red and black fruit, licorice earth and smoke. A terrific wine, which unfortunately will be Penner-Ash's last vintage as the vineyard is under contract with a new producer. The International Wine Review - April 2009

 

2005

2005 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir    94 points

Ripe and distinctive in character, with a remarkably open texture that lets the currant, blackberry, carpaccio and mineral flavors roll out effortlessly. Impressive for its grace and harmony. Drink now through 2015. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2005 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir   92 points

Supple and open in texture, this offers a gentle mouthful of ripe plum and cherry flavors, picking up a mineral note as the finish engagingly lingers. Drink now through 2015. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2005 Penner-Ash Dussin Vineyard Pinot Noir    92 points

Generous and distinctive, weaving dusky spice and mineral notes into the ripe currant and berry flavors, which mingle effortlessly as the finish rolls on and on. Has a strong personality but doesn't push over the top. Drink now through 2015. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2005 Penner-Ash Seven Springs Pinot Noir    91 points

Polished and refined, with velvety tannins around a supple core of beautifully knit raspberry and pomegranate flavors, lingering on the generous finish. Best from 2008 through 2015. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

 

2004

2004 Penner-Ash Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir    93 points

Silky in texture, ripe and rich in flavor, but it holds itself together in a beautiful, lithe form that lets the cherry, currant, game and dusky spice flavors roll on and on. Drink now through 2114. The  Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2004 Penner-Ash Goldschmidt Vineyard Pinot Noir   92 points

Smooth and round, with lovely ripe cherry and spice aromas and flavors that play themselves out generously despite a hint of earthy, slight Aspirin-like note on the long finish. Best from 2008 through 2014. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

 

2004 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 91 points

Red with bright rim. Powerful aromas of exotic oak spice and medicinal cherry are accented by bitter chocolate and dried rose. A big, lush, mouth filling pinot with round texture and dense, sweet cassis and smoky kirsch flavors that build and expand without losing their precision. Really stains the palate on the back, finishing on floral and dark berry notes. The International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer

2004 Penner-Ash Seven Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir  90 points

Lithe and generous, with flavors centering on cherry and spice with a touch of earth, picking up a slightly gamy edge as the finish sails on. Best from 2007 through 2112. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2004 Penner-Ash Seven Springs Pinot Noir 90 points

Immensely spicy and chocolate-laced nose leads to a soft, medium bodied wine packed with spicy dark berries and tar. This satin-textured offering is expressive, long, and reveals somewhat firm tannin. Drink it over the next 5 years. Pierre-Antoine Rovani - The Wine Advocate

2004 Penner-Ash Goldschmidt Vineyard Pinot Noir    90 points

Aromas of candied black cherries. Expands on the palate to reveal jammy black cherry flavors that are almost syrup-like. Harmonious and elegant, this is a medium-bodied, sensual wine for drinking over the next 4-5 years.The Wine Advocate, Pierre-Antoine Rovani

 

2003

2003 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    93 points

Packs an amazing amount of dense flavor into a lithe, elegant package, layering cherry, boysenberry and exotic spice character, which extends into a long, long finish. Has all it needs to develop beautifully. Drink now through 2015. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2003 Penner-Ash Shea Valley Pinot Noir    93 points

Polished, generous elegant and deftly balanced to sneak layers and layers of flavor as the texture remains supple and refined. Cherry and raspberry notes at the core are shaded with hints of currant and sweet spice. Drink now through 2015. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2003 Penner-Ash Goldschmidt Vineyard Pinot Noir    92 points

Polished, generous and silky, radiating blueberry, plum and vanilla spice flavors, all lingering on the refined finished. Delicious now, but the distinct flavors should melt with age. Drink now through 2015. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

 

2002

2002 Penner-Ash Goldschmidt Vineyard Pinot Noir    92 points

A seductive, sexy wine. Plush layers of candied berries and cherries galore are found in this hedonistic effort’s medium to full-bodied, satin-textured personality. Concentrated, sumptuous, and boasting a long, fruit-filled finish, it is a candidate for drinking over the next 10 years. The Wine Advocate, Pierre-Antoine Rovani

2002 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    90 points

Broad and spicy, a generous mouthful of spicy, peppery cherry currant flavors that pack into the finish. What it lacks in finesse it delivers in sheer power. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

 

2000

2000 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    92 points

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 Spicy and ripe, offering a whiff of cinnamon and exotic spices that resolves into generous current and plum flavors on a firm, finely tannic frame, remaining balanced through the long finish. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

2000 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    91 points

Aromatically, this medium to dark ruby-colored pinot noir reveals jammy cherries and plums. Blueberries, black cherries, blackberries and spices can be found in this powerful, yet suave wine. It has outstanding depth, concentration and ripeness as well as a long, smooth finish. Anticipated maturity: now through 2010. Pierre-Antoine Rovani - The Wine Advocate

 

1999

1999 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    93 points

This 1999 Pinot Noir has magnificent nose of cookie dough and cherry syrup. Medium to full-bodied and broad, it is rich, intense, wonderfully concentrated, and highly expressive. Loads of sweet red and black fruits coat the taster's palate and linger for 30-40 seconds. It is a seamless, harmonious wine with gorgeous balance and purity. Anticipated maturity 2004-2012. The Wine Advocate

1999 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Rated one of top 5 wines from Oregon 1999 vintage - Premier Selection
Crystalline scarlet color. Nicely rich, round, and creamy varietal aromas with slight herby and fresh cherry notes. Silky texture carries clear cherry and raspberry fruitiness, with a distinctly darker undercurrent of deep forest-like herb and woodsy (not woody) sensations. Elegantly sharp acids and very laid-back tannic structure bring a freshness to the flavors and a brightness to the palate. Exceptionally long finish displays a remarkable raspberry fruitiness. A wonderfully elegant, fully fruity, wine with drink-it-now accessibility, or save-it-in-the-cellar ageability. This wine really shows the excellence of the vintage: succulent fruit, strong structure, ripe tannins and a lingering finish. In fact, this wine feels as "ready" today, as some other wines should be in a few years. Oregon Wine Report

 

1998

1998 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 92 points

 

Saturated ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant, blackberry, cappuccino and dark chocolate; showed a liqueur-like note of black cherry with aeration. Rich, ripe and expansive; urgent, sappy raspberry and cherry flavors show penetrating sweetness and terrific depth. A very big wine with seamless texture, good freshness and a tactile, clinging quality. Finishes with lush, ripe tannins and excellent persistence. Made by Lynn Penner-Ash, the winemaker at Rex Hill: this is less perfumed and pristine today that the superb Rex Hill Seven Springs bottling, but larger-scaled and more velvety. The International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer

1998 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    92 points"Hot Wine of the Week” Lynn Penner-Ash, winemaker and president of Rex Hill Vineyard, made this wine, the first from their family winery, with her husband. The fruit comes from three Willamette Valley vineyards: Jacob-Hart (the winery's owners' personal vineyard), Maresh and Carabella. The style is richer, more concentrated and more elevated than the Rex Hill Wines, which tend to be more delicate. This one is beautifully built to focus its blackberry, plum and violet aromas and flavors into a bright beam, which lingers effortlessly on the graceful finish. It has a mountain of flavor, along with finesse. It's approachable now but built to age; I'd give it a year or two to settle in. The Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman

1998 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    91 points

This 1998 Pinot Noir is the inaugural wine from Lynn Penner-Ash's (Rex Hill's winemaker) winery. It has a medium to dark ruby color, and delightful black raspberry, plum, and black cherry aromas. This sweet, voluptuously textured, medium to full-bodied wine is packed with gorgeously ripe red cherries and touches of strawberry jam. Well-structured, balanced, and focused, it is a concentrated, powerful, yet elegant wine. Projected maturity: 2003-2008 Pierre-Antoine Rovani - The Wine Advocate

1998 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    90 points

This is the most fantastical Pinot that you may ever see; crafted with rare skill and aplomb by Rex Hill winemaker/president Lynn Penner-Ash. Enthrallingly scented perfumes of wild berries – the entire range, red, black, huckles and all – gush through in the nose, and gather with great concentration between soft, seamless layers; sinking, slipping and sliding across the palate with the greatest of ease, and an almost electrical grip. What an Oregon Pinot Noir lover lives, and even dies, for. Randy Caparoso 

1998 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir    90 points

Medium ruby; attractive, forward, rich, intense, spicy, ripe red cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with notes of vanilla and a hint of cassis; medium full body; textured, plumy, mouth-filling, ripe cherry fruit flavors with good depth and structure. Should continue to develop with several more years of bottle ageing. Very highly recommended. California Grapevine