This is a continuation of my tour of Panther Creek Cellars’ various vineyard sources. Today, we travel to Kalita Vineyard, located in the Yamhill Carlton AVA of Oregon, and planted entirely to Pinot Noir.

A bit about the vineyard from the Kalita Vineyard website:

Year planted: 2000
Varieties planted: Pinot Noir
Clones: Pommard, PN 114, PN 115, PN 777, all on grafted rootstock
Acreage planted: 22 acres

  • A bowl-shaped site providing winemakers with the option to select grapes grown on hillsides facing South, Southwest or Southeast with elevations ranging from 400 to 800 feet.
  • The soil is classic WillaKenzie soil.
  • 22 acres of Pinot Noir with four different clones – Pommard, PN 114, PN 115 and PN 777 – all on grafted rootstock. Spacing is 4’x7′.
  • A Certified Sustainable Vineyard by Oregon Live
  • Managed since first planting in 2000 by Results Partners (currently led by Daniel Fey).

Now onto the wine…


About the Wine: Panther Creek 2017 Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir

14.2% ABV

Flavor Profile:

Appearance: Pale ruby

Aroma: Initial aromas are medium (+) intensity and are, believe it or not, already showing signs of development. Aromas include: chocolate, black cherry, boysenberry, bramble, eucalyptus, wet wood or forest floor, toast, and nutmeg

Palate: The palate is dry, high in acid, medium (-) tannin, medium body, and high alcohol. The flavor intensity is medium (+) with the flavor profile matching that of the aromatic profile, as well as adding a bit of anise, oak wood, and fruit leather notes.

The finish is medium (+) in length.

Conclusion: Based on the WSET criteria, I conclude that this wine is very good and has the potential to age further, digging deeper into that forest floor, developing more of those fruit leather notes. However, I’ll add a comment here that I don’t think it’s suitable for extensive aging, as those tannins are quite light. I’d recommend enjoying this wine now and for the next five to seven years.

Food Pairing: I paired the Panther Creek 2017 Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir with a seared salmon and a strawberry and herb salad. Yum.

More Info: I received the Panther Creek 2017 Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir as a sample for review (Cheers!). Retail: $50. For more information about Panther Creek Cellars, their wines, and to purchase wine directly, please visit the Panther Creek Cellars website.

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