Double Gold - 2012 China Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2011 Pinot Noir Summit
"The Fries Family has operated the Dundee, Ore. winery for nearly 20 years and is best known for producing good, affordable wines. This higher-end bottling is a bit of a departure--and is superb. Using grapes primarily from its estate St. Jory Vineyard in the South Salem Hills (and 9% from the Dundee Hills), it has crafted a wine that is bright and approachable, yet complex. It opens with aromas of petals, spicy pie cherries, raspberries and cinnamon, followed by clean flavors of raspberries, Rainier cherries, and cranberries, with hints of vanilla and something that reminded us of a dusty country road after a spring rain."
90 points/Exceptional - 2008 World Wine Championships
"Bright ruby color with gray rim. Bright aromas of chocolate cherry bonbons and strawberry ice cream follow through on a soft, round entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with a touch of praline. Finishes with a long, white toffee and berry puree fade. A delicious crowd pleaser to pair with duck a l'orange."
87 points - Wine Enthusiast, April 1, 2008
"This Pinot Noir, named for a particular soil type in the Willamette valley, is scented strongly of the lumber smell you get at a building supplies store. There is a simple but pleasing layer of strawberry/raspberry fruit hidden in the wine’s core."