'91 points. More good value Pinot from Wine Sensations here (always remembering that this good examples of the grape, no matter where they come from, tend to come at a premium), this time sourced from Oregon producer Illahe who have come up with a style that is full of character, with a blood orange and bergamot raciness underpinning the plusher dark red berries and subtle spiciness.' - The Wine Gang
Pinot Noir is the emblematic wine of the Willamette Valley and of Oregon - and the Ford family, who only turned the pasturelands of Illahe over to vines in 1999. Oregon in a glass.
Brad Ford spent time in Burgundy with Peter Julian in Nuits-Saint-Georges and this Burgundian apprenticeship shows through in every aspect of his winemaking, which involves both very close attention to the cultivation of the vines and really careful vinification.
The 2014 Pinot will develop through at least until 2020 - 22 but already exhibits immense flavours of cherries, citrus and sweet baking spices, with herbaceous tones over the classic Pinot finish. (That could be pronounced 'erbaceous' if you really want to live the dream.)
Brad has outdone himself with the 2014 Estate Pinot. A winner on every conceivable level.