92 points, Editors Choice, Wine Enthusiast: "Comprised of multiple clones from five different vineyards, this exceptional value includes a rich cohesive core of purple fruits, amplified with barrel flavors of toasted coconut and bright spice. Everything is beautifully focused across the full palate, and even after being open for a full 24 hours, the wine tastes fresh and delicious."
Poured for us in a blind tasting of new wines, we were impressed with the clarity and focus of this wine, especially within the riper 2014 vintage. Excellent purity of Pinot fruit and a silky frame makes this a go-to Everyday Pinot. Sourced from roughly 80% Yamhill-Carlton and the remainder from the Chehalem Mountains AVAs. - Marcus
Confero, meaning to bring together, is and will always be the practice of bringing distinct vineyards and clones of Pinot Noir together from differing sub-regions within the Willamette Valley. From this ideal, Aberrant is able to capture unique strengths of each parcel and adjoin them with qualities of other individual sites, thus enhancing the overall complexity and depth a given vintage can provide.
For over 15 years, winemaker Eric Eide served, sold and tasted many of the world’s most revered wines, from the staunch traditionalists of Europe to the ultra-modern edged producers of the New World. After a number of years spent in the hunt for the right time and place to make wine, it finally arrived. The natural beauty of the Willamette Valley combined with having witnessed, first-hand, the potential to craft world-class Pinot Noir was the clincher; the itch was finally going to be scratched. In mid-2008, after leaving behind his position with Robert Kacher Selections, fate smiled down on him. Two small Willamette Valley wineries needed a cellar hand to work through the vintage with them — Le Cadeau and Carabella. He didn’t know it from the onset, but he couldn’t have asked for a better way to train. Each winery used distinctly different methods in their winemaking and he was able to see and taste how those diverse practices affected the resulting wines. After 42 days straight of 12-hour work days, his crash-course in winemaking was more than underway; his first vintage was notched.