A very composed and vividly pure pinot that has aromas of red forest fruit with leaves and forest woody tones, too. So fresh. The palate has a smoothly layered build of fine tannin, carrying bright and succulent cherries, ahead of a sleek, spicy finish. Drink or hold. - James Suckling
Fermented and Aged 10 Months in One Single Large Format French Oak Vat
Barrel Size – 15 Hectoliters (400 Gallons)
70% Whole Cluster
The Marshall Davis family tends six acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines surrounding their home near Carlton in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of The Willamette Valley, Oregon. Planted on 101-14 rootstock, with Dijon 777, Pommard, Dijon 114, and Mariafeld Clones. Their 450ft in Elevation vineyard faces south-southwest in aspect. These gentle slopes, shallow volcanic topsoil, and basalt outcrops provide excellent drainage.
Founded in 2011 by brothers Sean, Ryan and Matt, Marshall Davis creates small batch vineyard specific wines. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay some from their estate vineyard in Oregon’s Yamhill-Carlton AVA while full bodied Cabernet Sauvignons and Syrahs are produced from some of the most prestigious vineyards in Washington’s Walla Walla AVA.
Stylistically, wines are focused and varietally-correct. Winemaker Sean Davis believes in minimal manipulation, letting each vineyard express itself, with more attention paid to textures and tannin management.
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@tercerowines I live 1.5 hours from the Willamette Valley and I love Oregon Pinots. I have been to lots of wineries and lots of tastings. It was okay, just nothing memorable. If I was at a tasting room, I would not bought a bottle for the retail price. I have bought other Oregon Pinots from Casemates and throughly enjoyed them. My favorite Oregon Pinots now are Panther Creek, Shea, Goodfellows, Kelly Fox, Raptor Ridge, and Big Table just to name a few. The Boedecker that was offered here recently was very good and I wished I had bought 2 cases.
@danandlisa thanks for the reply. And just an FYI - the Rhone Rangers is doing a fun tasting this coming Tuesday, Apr 4th st the Troon’s tasting room in McMinnville featuring 10 wineries, including my tercero wines. Let me know if you need any details. Cheers!
This wine was opened just shy of dinner, and it gave off some raspberry aromas, slightly candied. While my olfactory capacities have been hindered by some long-lingering COVID symptoms, our impression was that this was a nicely styled Pinot.
In the glass, the wine is a light and delicate red with thin but clingy legs. It tastes and smells like raspberries with a slightly cherry cola finish. What I loved about the wine was the confluence of sweetness and acidity. The wine came alive as we sipped it. It compares well with the Iron Horse Pinot we ratted in 2022: a lovely mix of sweet, acid, and a slight tannic finish. Despite being light, it is round and full and silky smooth. This wine coated and zinged and lingered.
We did our first tasting with a dinner of marinated pork tenderloin and mixed vegetables. I am not an expert with the grill, but I hit the sweet spot with this one. The pinot matched well with the meal, lifting the pork’s delicate profile and making a fine meal of it. Later in the evening, we had another glass with Iberico cheese and Town House crackers. There was nothing new about the wine, but it paired well with the cheese, not so well with the crackers.
Thanks to WD and Alice for the opportunity to rat. We really enjoyed this wine and feel it is well worth the purchase price.
I purchased the Marshall Davis Pinot Noir offered on 10/31/21. In fact, I think I Ratted it. I thought that it was an excellent wine! I took a bottle to a clambake and everyone that tried it, loved it! I’ve been waiting for their Pinot Noirs to come up again. Great growing area! Might have to order two cases after I check with family!