This one is aptly named. By Oregon standards, it’s very rich, juicy and mouth-filling. But it’s also wonderfully refined and complex, in a way only the best Willamette Pinots can be.
The Wine Enthusiast not only rates this the best vintage of Prelude yet; they rate it better than the $45 Andrew Rich Eola Pinot and equal to his $45 Volcanic Pinot. They say:
This lovely, full-flavored and fruit-driven wine needs no special occasion to enjoy. It's a delicious mélange of strawberry preserve, raspberry purée and black cherry cola notes.
Vinous, a much tougher crowd to please, rates it “Outstanding,” too – and the best Oregon Pinot at its price, saying:
Brilliant ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry, peppery spices and a suggestion of licorice on the nose. Silky, broad and open-knit; hints of candied flowers and cola complement plush dark berry and mocha flavors. Finishes supple, with a hint of tangy berry skin, leaving notes of allspice and bitter chocolate behind.