| Wine Spectator 90 points (Oct 15 2012)
Polished, refreshing and juicy, offering red berry and black cherry flavors, with a delicate touch of pepper that dots the i’s as the finish lingers easily. The tannins have a light grip. Best from 2013 through 2017. 500 cases made. –HS
Wine Advocate 90 points (Aug 2012)
As its name indicates, from lower (and more clay-rich) sections of WillaKenzie?s Yamhill property, planted with two Dijon clones, their 2009 Pinot Noir Terres Basses displays peat-like smokiness and black pepper pungency allied to dark berry confiture, and with an overlay of toast, macaroon and vanilla that I could personally do without (though the barrels are only half new, as with several sibling cuvees). This finishes with broad (borderline bulky), caressing, sweetly fruited satisfaction, persistently smoky and peppery, if without much primary juiciness or salivary enticement.