Lenné Estate, Yamhill-Carlton District (Willamette Valley, Oregon) Pinot Noir “Sad Jack 777” 2019

($55):  In my opinion, Sad Jack is the wrong name for this bottling because drinking it makes me extremely happy.  Intriguing aromatics draw you in immediately and accurately predict joy. The seamless mixture of fruit, spice, and savory influences in this mid-weight red is beguiling.  Add to that, its suave texture and — wow!  It’s explosive yet not heavy.  Rather, it dances on the palate. Long and energetic it delivers what I think is the quintessential character of Pinot Noir-based wines, namely, flavor without weight.  It’s a selection of their best barrels from their 777 block.  Someone chose well.  Oh, it is named Sad Jack in honor of their two late dogs, Sadie and Jackson.
96 Michael Apstein May 24, 2022