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Resonance Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard 2016 (750ML)

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94 Points, Zachys Buying Team: "As we mentioned with the Willamette Valley release, the Lardière thumb print is all over these wines. Even from the warmer string of vintages, there is nice restraint and underlying minerality to complement the ripe fruit - this is even more pronounced in the more balanced 2016 vintage. The eponymous and flagship Résonance once again represents a serious side to Oregon Pinot, as would be expected with Jacques at the helm; it is very Burgundian in nature from the nose to the palate. In 2016, versus 2015, it is cleaner and leaner, it is all about freshness, inner energy, with a unique savory quality to the wine - umami is not a stretch discriptor here. There are light nuances of red and black fruits - raspberries, blackberries, plum, dried cherries, and mulberries, along with crushed flowers, a touch of Willamette pine and wild herbs, cinnamon, salinity, and chalky minerality that recall elements of the wines of Corton. There is a nice inner perfume to the wine that just echoes on the palate. The wine is very light on its feet, with both the texture and acidity screaming Burgundy and that fruit profile quietly saying Oregon - it truly is the blend of both worlds and like the great wines of Jacques Lardière, it is best with a few years of age (and some aeration). If you prefer more glycerin and weight we would recommend the 2015, however, for Zachys, the more precise and balanced 2016 is the finest release to date from Jacques on American soil."

Vinous Media

93 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: "Vivid ruby color. High-pitched red and blue fruit and floral pastille scents pick up hints of toasty oak and minerals with air. Fresh and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry and boysenberry flavors and a bracing, refreshingly bitter suggestion of cherry pit. Finishes silky and appealingly sweet, with harmonious tannins, a hint of vanilla and strong, spicy persistence. (aged for 15 months in French oak barrels, 30% of them new)."

James Suckling

93 Points, James Suckling: "There's a wealth of rich, spicy oak across ripe red cherries here, as well as an earthy edge. The palate has vibrant, youthful and crunchy, red-cherry flavors with a cola-like thread. Give this a year or two. Try from 2020."