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paste magazine’s 52 Wines in 52 Weeks: Pinot Noir is the Heartbreak Grap, 26 bottles to try: 2015 H Pinot noir
Seductive and spicy, with a cherry cola nose. Sandalwood, cedar, cinnamon, clove, pepper. Plums, a bit of cherry, and a slight hint of toast or graham cracker. The finish is slightly savory and nicely balanced.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 2013 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR - 90 POINTS
The opening scents bring traces of citrus, leather and vanilla, and such flavors are subtly conveyed in the mouth. Compact red berries with dried Italian herbs distinguish the midpalate, and the tannins are substantial and firm up the finish.
Wine Spectator: 2012 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR - 91 POINTS
Broad, expressive and light-footed, with sharp acidity cutting against ripe cherry and plum flavors, picking up savory notes on the gentle finish.
THE WINE ADVOCATE: 2012 HAMACHER CHARDONNAY CUVEE FORETS DIVERSES - 92 POINTS
The 2012 Chardonnay Cuvee Forets Diverses sees 18 months in 25% new French oak with weekly lees-stirring. It has a withdrawn nose at first and it takes a couple of minutes to eke out dried honey scents. The palate is clean and fresh with mango and Clementine notes, a fine line of acidity and a poised finish. Excellent.
TOP 100 WINES SF CHRONICLE: 2012 HAMACHER CUVEE FORETS DIVERSES WILLAMETTE VALLEY CHARDONNAY
Eric Hamacher has long been one of Oregon’s talents with this grape, and a wine like this is precisely why. A bit of caramel and oak sweetness is matched by full-bore citrus intensity and an apple-skin texture. Lots of power, not a lick of fat.
THE WINE ADVOCATE: 2011 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR - 92 POINTS
The 2011 Pinot Noir, which sees 18 months in 30% new French oak, has a "considered" bouquet that politely unfolds with blackberry and briary scents. The palate is medium-bodied with smooth tannin, lovely red cherry and redcurrant scents with a hint of tomato vine on the suave and elegant finish. What a beautifully made Pinot Noir.
THE WINE ADVOCATE: 2007 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR - 91 POINTS
The 2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley was sourced from relatively old vines (25+ years). It offers up a fragrant perfume of toast, spice box, earth notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it displays an elegant personality, medium body, savory flavors, a silky texture, and excellent depth. This impeccably balanced Pinot will provide pleasure through 2019.
ALLEN MEADOWS' BURGHOUND: 2005 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR - 90 POINTS
A relatively deeply pitched nose of dark berry fruit, briar, earth and underbrush hints leads to round, rich, fresh and vibrant flavors that are brighter than the nose and culminate in a dusty, focused and pure finish that exhibits moderate structure and fine length. This is a wine of restraint yet it's ripe and displays no vegetal hints. Good material here and on top of it, I like the style.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 2004 HAMACHER CUVEE FORETS DIVERSES CHARDONNAY - 91 POINTS, "EDITORS' CHOICE"
This wine is a shining example of what heights Oregon Chardonnay can achieve. Smoky and nutty at first, it opens up to reveal white peaches, and melon flavors that gradually supplant the oak notes. Richly textured and full-bodied, it also boasts serious length on the finish.
WINE SPECTATOR: 2004 HAMACHER CUVEE FORETS DIVERSES CHARDONNAY
Soft and spicy, broad in texture but impressive for its delicate touch, delivering oak-tinged pear and wet earth flavors. Drink now through 2008. 390 cases made.
WINE SPECTATOR: 2002 HAMACHER "DURANT VINEYARD" PINOT NOIR - 91 POINTS
This wine is a first for Eric Hamacher. For over 10 years, he extolled the merits of blending wines from different vineyards, believing that no one vineyard could offer the complexity and depth he required for the Hamacher brand. Over time, one wine routinely stood out as a consistent favorite in the cellar. In the stunning 2002 vintage it excelled and Eric decided to honor the wine with a solo bottling from only two barrels. While it's a big wine for this Dundee Hills vineyard, the elegance is well supported. High tones of cherry blossom, earth and spice mingle in the nose but still do not prepare you for the explosive mouth to come! Like a great work of literature, this wine is an evolving, layered classic to be enjoyed over time. It's elusive, succulent and silky, fully justifying why we appreciate great wine. The 2002 Durant Pinot Noir is delicious now but still a baby. Cellar a bottle or two for a future occasion.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 2002 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR - 92 POINTS, "EDITORS' CHOICE"
This is a big, round, supple wine loaded with black cherry and plum flavors accented by hints of mint and cola. Despite its size, it’s harmonious and balanced, featuring a long, richly textured finish.
WINE SPECTATOR: 2002 HAMACHER PINOT NOIR - 91 POINTS
This has lovely red cherry, raspberry and white chocolate flavors on a bed of fine-grained, almost wispy, tannins. Has a tang on the finish as it sails on unimpeded.
EVERY YEAR'S A GOOD YEAR, WINECOUNTRY.COM, OCTOBER 2005 - THOM ELKJER: 2001 HAMACHER CUVEE FORETS DIVERSES CHARDONNAY
Minty oak still dominates this four-year-old Chard, suggesting it will be best with rich food or in a few years when the wood melds further into the baked apple flavor.
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“Hamacher 2013 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) 90 Points” - Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide, 2018
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“Soup Kitchen” - Willamette Week, Jan. 2017
“2016 Best of the Northwest. 2nd Best: 2012 Hamacher Pinot Noir” - Sip Northwest, Oct. 2016
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“Oregon Wine Walk of Fame Awards” - Oregon Wine Marketing, 2014
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“2008 Hamacher Willamette Pinot Noir 92 Points” - Wine Library, Oct. 2009
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“The Starts of Oregon” - Decanter, Mar. 2002
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