News Release: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017
92 Points from Wine Spectator:
The 2012 Carden Pinot Noir is handcrafted by renowned Oregon winemaker Tony Rynders, who spent a decade making 90+ rated wines for one of Oregon's premiere wineries, Domaine Serene. 100% Pinot Noir from select vineyard sites in Willamette Valley. 2012 comprises fruit from 3 distinct growing areas, Yamhill Carlton (70%), Eola Hills (20%) and Chehelam Mountians (10%). Fermented in Stainless Steel Tanks to maintain freshness and aged for 17 months in French oak, 60% of which are new.
Winemakers Vintage Remarks: “2012 was the first of three vintages that are warmer and earlier ripening. The wine is riper, fuller and more open to texture than the 2010 and 2011. The 2012 is quite showy and exhibits dark fruit. I practiced restraint and skill to produce a wine with less alcohol than most producers, while still retaining great acidity and balance, making it an excellent wine with food.”
Press: Ripe and supple, with a sense of elegance to the generous blueberry, plum and black tea flavors, coming together harmoniously against polished
tannins. Drink now through 2022. 745 cases made. –HS (Wine Spectator, July 31, 2015 issue)
Beautiful 2012 now with blueberry, walnut and hazelnut flavors that follow through to a full body, soft and firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Hints of spices, cedar and milk chocolate on the aftertaste. Thoroughly enchanting now. Drink or hold. 94 points - James Suckling
91 Points from Wine Spectator:
The 2012 Carden Cabernet Sauvignon is hand-crafted by renowned winemaker Tony Rynders, who spent a decade making 90+ rated wines for one of Oregon's premiere wineries, Domaine Serene. The 2012 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from select vineyards in Washington state’s Columbia Valley. This year the blend is about 70% Red Mountain fruit and 30% fruit from Walla Walla Valley. The juice is fermented in Stainless Steel to retain freshness and then aged for 17 months in French oak barrels, 65% of which are new.
The vintage: The 2012 vintage was warm and generous, and our 2012 Carden Cabernet Sauvignon encompasses the best of that year. The palate is full and layered, with flavors of ripe cherry, hints of blueberry, sweet spice and a ton of minerality. This is an exquisite Cabernet, hand-crafted by renowned winemaker Tony Rynders.
Press: Gravelly undertones add distinction to the cherry and spice
flavors in this savory style. The finish opens up nicely, persisting gently. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made. –HS (Wine Spectator, June 30 2015)