One of the most collectible Pinot Noirs made in all of Oregon is from a winery you’ve probably never heard of: Thomas Winery. Located in Carlton, Oregon, winemaker John Thomas has been releasing small amounts of wine from the Thomas Vineyard since 1988. I don’t recall ever seeing ratings from the Wine Advocate or the Wine Spectator, and I don’t think Thomas has ever hosted a public event. The winery has achieved cult like status among wine collectors.
Light red in color. Almost translucent. 13.7% ABV. Stunning nose of red fruits, earth, wet pavement and minerals. Medium body with exquisite acidity. The color belies the power and concentration of the wine. Black cherry, wild strawberry, anise and mushrooms on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. The bar is so high for Thomas and this wine delivers on all accounts. Best over the next 2-4 years.
My rating: 95 points.
Thomas Pinot Noir makes a brief appearance at Portland-area shops soon after release, and is priced right around $65 per bottle. The 2016 was recently released to members of the mailing list. If you want to put your name on the mailing list you will need track down the winery address and send John a letter. I’ve had the opportunity to taste bottles going back to the late 90’s, and think the wine shows best 7-10 years past the vintage date.
I’ve blogged about Thomas previously in The 2018 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and Thomas Winery: The Best Pinot Noir You Have Never Heard Of.