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    Pinot Noir- 90 points Best Buy2012 VintageWine & Spirits August 1, 2014
    Best Buy2012 VintageGreat Northwest WineJuly 4, 2014

    Great Northwest Wine- "Best Buy! Seattle-based Precept Wine named its top-tier Oregon Pinot Noir house for the Latin term signifying “distinguished” and that applies to many of the wines across the state from this spectacular vintage. Estate sites Battle Creek Vineyard and Waldo Hills near Salem, as well as Kraemer Vineyard near Silverton and Red Hills Vineyard, supplied the berries, and a 12-month French barrel program under the direction of Hal Landvoigt — Precept’s top winemaker — shows restraint with just 20% new oak. The nose offers hints of strawberry jam, raspberry fruit leather, moist earth and dark chocolate. There’s some sturdiness to the structure behind flavors of black cherry and black currant as juicy acidity and a rub of sage make this an ideal foil for game hens or roasted chicken."


    Recommended2011 VintageSan Francisco ChronicleJon BonneOctober 4, 2013

    “A value-priced bottle that gives hope for affordable Oregon Pinot Noir. Pretty, delicate…straightforward cranberry. Terrific table wine.”


    Primarius - Best of 20132011 VintageJuly 24, 2013
    Great American Values2010 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanOctober 15, 2012
    88 Points - Best Buy2010 VintageWine & SpiritsLuke SykoraAugust 1, 2012

    "Light and peaty, with scents of smoke and wild strawberry, this wine rallies a bit with air, pulled along by its line of acidity. A well priced red for the a chicken panini."


    Gold medalist2010 VintageOregon Wine AwardsApril 30, 2012

    The Primarius 2010 Pinot Noir was one of five GOLD medalists in its own Oregon back yard to win among its varietal peers in the under $20 category in the Oregon Wine Awards. Congratulations!


    Recommended 2010 VintageWine Press Northwest - Fresh Press Eric Degerman and Andy PerdueApril 10, 2012Outstanding! Primarius 2010 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $18. Precept Wine in Seattle is best known for its value-minded Washington wines, but it also has been moving into Oregon in a big way, and this nicely priced Pinot Noir is a stunning find. Winemaker Haydn Mouat used Pinot Noir grapes from no fewer than five vineyards and added just a touch of Syrah (3%) for depth. It opens with exotic aromas of sweet herbs, fresh alfalfa, cinnamon bark and cherries, followed by bright, delicious flavors of black cherries, white strawberries, saddle leather and chocolate. Its fruit, tannin and acidity are all in balance and lead to a lingering finish. (18,000 cases, 13.5% alc.)
    88 Points - Recommended - Top Oregon Wine2009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanFebruary 29, 2012

    More than 500 Oregon wines were screened and tasted for Harvey Steiman's Feb. 2012 "Top Oregon Wines" feature in Wine Spectator. Primarius' 2009 Pinot Noir ($17) made the cut in its value category, just one of a dozen recommended among its price peers.


    Silver Medalist2009 Vintage10th Annual Pinot Noir ShootoutJanuary 27, 2012
    88 Points2009 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanJuly 25, 2011Bright and lively, with a hint of candy to the cherry and mint flavors, finishing with polish.- Harvey Steiman
    Recommended2007 VintageWine Press NorthwestMarch 25, 2010

    "Delicious, well-made wine with true varietal characteristics." - Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2010


    Gold Medal - Best In Class2006 Vintage2009 Oregon Wine AwardsMay 5, 2009
    90 Points, 4 Stars2006 VintageBeverage DynamicsNational Retail Wine PanelDecember 11, 2008"A true Pinot Noir from Oregon...very light in color and Burgundian in style." Beverage Dynamics is the leading and largest national magazine devoted solely to the needs of the off-premise beverage alcohol retailer.
    Wine Pick of the Week2006 VintageSeattle Post IntelligencerRichard KinssiesDecember 10, 2008"The first thing that impressed me about the Primarius pinot noir was its color. It wasn't a deep, inky, impenetrable red but a light, almost pale, garnet color. "Now this is an honest wine."  - Richard Kinssies
    Smart Buy2011 VintagePinot ReportGreg WalterNovember 30, -0001

    Light-medium ruby color; delicate, earthy, stewed cherry aromas with some tea notes; ripe, stewed cherry flavors with tea and earthy notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Delicate Pinot style with earthy notes


    87 Points2013 Vintage2015 Critics ChallengeNovember 30, -0001
    Best Buy2013 VintageWine & SpiritsNovember 30, -0001

    tasting notes

    This Pinot Noir is a blend of all of our vineyard sources throughout Oregon and is representative of one of Oregon's great vintages. Aromatics suggest brambly cane berries and Bing cherries accented by some subtle notes of cinnamon and clove. The palate carries these aromas on and complements them with lively acidity and just a hint of oak sweetness. The mouthfeel is round and pleasant and yields some further depth suggesting Morello cherries and nutmeg. The finish lingers with soft, silky tannins and leaves an aftertaste of sweet red and black fruits and Christmas spice.

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2014
    • Varietal Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Appellation: Oregon
    • Aging: 15% New for 5 Months (80% French, 20% American)
    • pH: 3.59
    • TA: 0.56
    • Alcohol: 13.4%