Seven Devils 2014 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Carlton Cellars
Dave Grooters has a prime estate vineyard with well-drained Wellsdale sedimentary soils located right between Tony Soter's and Ken Wright's vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA of Willamette Valley. All the grapes for this wine are from the estate vineyard and Dave, who learned his craft working for Ken Wright for many years, does the honors as winemaker. Mature ten year old vines, the grapes are all hand selected and the wine was aged in 100% French oak for 10 months. 2014 was an absolutely monumental vintage and this wine won a Double Gold Medal in the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition. They said "a wine with cedar and spice aromas layered over cherries, red currants and a tiny bit of sweet blueberry. The fruit lingers from midpalate through a close of firm acidity and well-managed tannins."