The Pinot Report rated this 95 points, the Wine Spectator 91. The man behind Loring is Brian Loring — who admits to being obsessed with Pinot Noir, stating that the only other beverage worth drinking is Champagne. He makes about a dozen different Pinots (average production is about 200 cases per Pinot) — and they are all in high demand. He is not a numbers guy, choosing not to focus on brix, pH, TA, etc. His focus is on the fruit and truly believes that the concept of terroir should include the vineyard owner/manager. Wines are really made in the actual vineyard — and making a great wine starts with fruit.
The wine is beautiful, bright ruby red in the glass. Nice fruit with a little bit of earth and slight cellar dust on the nose. Bright cherry on the palate with some plum, raspberry, with hints of twizzler, cranberry, rhubard and even a little fig (?) and white pepper — silky, seductive and elegant (and that is a compliment, not that the wine is thin) — great balance with a long finish. Certainly not lacking in confidence or personality — though some misguided souls might turn their nose up at a 13 something percent alcohol that is a bit lean given the big and juicy trends…..but I find this wine to be very enjoyable and a fine example of white can be without all of the weight, concentration and alcohol.
While I think the 95 from the Pinot Report is high — this is a very nice bottle of wine. Recommended — and as previously mentioned this wine is currently on sale at TwentyTwenty Wine Merchants (about 30% off retail) — a real find given the very limited availability.
Pinot Report 95/100
Medium ruby purple color; concentrated plum and black cherry aromas; rich, ripe, juicy black cherry and plum flavors; silky texture, sweet oak; good structure and balance; long finish. Delicious, juicy fruit and incredible balance make this a terrific Pinot to sip on its own.