We’ve been graced with some wonderful reviews for our wine. Here are just a few.

2014 Pinot Noir

VinousDecember, 2016

Josh Raynolds of Vinous reviewed our Denison Cellars Tête de Cuvée 2014 Pinot Noir.

93

Release Price: $60

Bright red. Vibrant, mineral-tinged dark berry and smoky Indian spice aromas are complemented by suggestions of cola and potpourri. Plush and seamless on the palate, showing impressive clarity and lift to the black raspberry, cherry cola and lavender pastille flavors. Becomes sweeter and spicier with air and finishes smooth and very long, featuring resonating florality and harmonious tannins.

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VinousDecember, 2016

Josh Raynolds of Vinous reviewed our Denison Cellars Johnson Ridge Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir.

92

Release Price: $40

Deep red. An intensely perfumed nose evokes fresh red berries, potpourri and allspice, along with a hint of cola in the background. Juicy and incisive in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a strong suggestion of spicecake. Puts on weight and spreads out slowly on the impressively long, sappy finish, which is given shape by smooth, harmonious tannins.

 

VinousDecember, 2016

Josh Raynolds of Vinous reviewed our Denison Cellars Kiff Vineyard 2014 Pinot Noir.

92

Release Price: $40

Vivid red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, sandalwood and candied flowers, and a smoky mineral nuance emerges as the wine opens up. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering ripe strawberry, blood orange and rose pastille flavors accented by a zesty Asian spice note. Fine-grained and precise, especially in the context of this powerful vintage, showing excellent finishing power, lingering florality and subtle tannins.

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VinousDecember, 2016

Josh Raynolds of Vinous reviewed our Denison Cellars Willamette Valley 2014 Pinot Noir.

90

Release Price: $26

Brilliant red. Aromas of ripe red berries and cherry, complicated by subtle floral, vanilla and woodsmoke flourishes. Gently sweet cherry and spicecake flavors show very good concentration, and a snap of juicy acidity adds vivacity. The cherry and floral notes cling nicely on a long, supple finish that’s framed by fine-grained, nicely woven tannins.

 

2013 Pinot Noir

Greg Walters’ Pinot ReportDecember 31, 2015

Pinot Report reviewed our Denison Cellars Johnson Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir.

91

Light ruby color; subtle cranberry and strawberry aromas with earthy notes; forward and tightly layered cherry and raspberry flavors with mineral notes; fine tannins; good structure and balance; long finish. Forward and layered Pinot with good structure.

Greg Walters’ Pinot ReportDecember 31, 2015

Pinot Report reviewed our Denison Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

89

Light ruby color; restrained, tart cherry aromas; bright, juicy and expressive cherry flavors with notes of earth, cola and stone; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright and juicy Pinot with crisp acidity.

Oregon Wine PressNovember, 2015

The Oregon Wine Press reviewed our Denison Cellars Willamette Valley 2013 Pinot Noir.

Cellar Select

On the nose, aromas of cherry, blackberry, and plum… Easy on the palate, this wine boasts dark cocoa, black pepper, and concentrated Marionberry flavors. Soft tannins are lifted by bright acidity, creating a pleasurable mouthfeel.

2012 Pinot Noir

Greg Walters’ Pinot ReportNovember 30, 2015

Pinot Report reviewed our Denison Cellars Tête de Cuvée 2012 Pinot Noir.

93

Release Price: $55

Medium ruby color; deep, dark and spicy black cherry and plum aromas with minty, forest floor notes; rich dark red fruit flavors with velvety texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Rich and expressive Pinot with complex deep flavors.

VinousOctober, 2015

Josh Raynolds of Vinous reviewed our Denison Cellars Tête de Cuvée 2012 Pinot Noir.

92

Release Price: $55

Brilliant, red. Fresh and minerally on the fragrant nose, displaying intense red berry and floral pastille aromas with suggestions of five-spice powder and anise. Sweet, silky and expansive on the palate, offering energetic raspberry and mulberry flavors that tighten up slowly on the back half. Delivers impressive flavor punch but comes off as lithe, finishing with excellent cut and smooth, late-arriving tannins.

VinousOctober, 2015

Josh Raynolds of Vinous reviewed our Denison Cellars Johnson Ridge Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir.

91

Release Price: $38

Bright red. Mineral-laced red and dark berry scents are complemented by candied rose, anise and five-spice powder. Silky and seamless on the palate, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors that pick up a mineral nuance with aeration. Displays excellent clarity and thrust on the fruit-driven finish, which is framed by silky, harmonious tannins.

VinousOctober, 2015

Josh Raynolds of Vinous reviewed our Denison Cellars Kiff Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir.

92

Release Price: $38

Vivid red. Mineral-laced cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by deeper notes of cola, mocha and vanilla bean. Supple and concentrated, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and an enlivening suggestion of peppery spices. Shows excellent focus and power on the finish, which features silky tannins and resonating spiciness.

Wine SpectatorJuly 31, 2015

The Wine Spectator reviewed our Denison Cellars Willamette Valley Tête De Cuvée 2012 Pinot Noir.

92

Release Price: $55
Country: Oregon
Region: Oregon

Sleek and inviting, with generous flavors of red plum and blackberry that float serenely over a layer of fine tannins, lingering enticingly on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 42 cases made. –HS

Wine SpectatorWeb Edition, 2015

The Wine Spectator reviewed our Denison Cellars Yamhill-Carlton District Kiff Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir.

91

Release Price: $38
Country: Oregon
Region: Oregon

Tautly focused, with intensity to the black cherry, pepper and floral flavors, gliding effortlessly over refined tannins on the long and expressive finish. Best from 2016 through 2020. 53 cases made. –HS

Great Northwest WineFebruary 17, 2015

Great Northwest Wine reviewed our Denison Cellars 2012 Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir.

With a résumé that includes Benton-Lane, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dobbes Family Estates, the lure of working with small lots of Pinot Noir from defined sites proved to be a siren’s call for Tim Wilson. His work with Joel Kiff’s vineyard in volcanic soils — and guarded from the Van Duzer corridor near McMinnville — continues to be a classic example, especially from such a special vintage. In 2012, the Pommard clones came off Oct. 12 at 23.4 Brix, while the 667 and 777 material ripened to 25.5 Brix, setting the table for a heavier style of Pinot Noir bringing tones of dark plums, cherry compote, orange peel, mincemeat and minerality. It’s deliciously fruity and well-structured, finished by blueberry acidity, forest floor earthiness and cinnamon bark.

Excellent

Cases: 53
Alcohol: 14.5%

Wine SpectatorWeb Edition

The Wine Spectator reviewed our Denison Cellars Eola-Amity Hills Johnson Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Ripe, complex and distinctive, with tar and beef carpaccio overtones around a lithe core of blackberry and licorice flavors. Comes together smoothly against mildly grippy tannins on the long finish. Best from 2016 through 2022.

91

Release Price: $38
Cases: 50

Wine SpectatorWeb Edition

The Wine Spectator reviewed our Denison Cellars Willamette Valley 2012 Pinot Noir.

Dark and spicy, with peppery overtones to the blackberry and black plum fruit, hinting at smoky barbecue aromas as the grippy finish lingers with elegance. Has depth and intensity. Best after 2016.

90

Release Price: $26
Cases: 84

Great Northwest WineJanuary 12, 2015

Great Northwest Wine reviewed our Denison Cellars 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Tim Wilson’s McMinnville-based winery creates four styles of Pinot Noir, referring to this as its “Willamette Valley” release — a blend of Kiff Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area and Johnson Ridge Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. The melange of 667, 777 and Pommard fruit in 20% new French oak shows with fruit-forward aromas of Marionberry, black currant and plum with a whiff of smoked spices. The drink’s structure brings nice shoulders with black currant, grilled strawberry and elderberry. It marks Wilson’s fourth commercial vintage, and he continues to build on his reputation.

Outstanding!

Cases: 84
Alcohol: 14.5%

2011 Pinot Noir

Great Northwest WineNovember 1, 2014

Great Northwest Wine reviewed our Denison Cellars Tête de Cuvée 2011 Pinot Noir.

Tim Wilson didn’t produce a Kiff Vineyard bottling from this cool vintage, but he harvested it on Nov. 4 to play a significant role in this blend with the Johnson Ridge fruit taken a week earlier for the McMinnville, Ore., winery. Eleven months in French barrels makes for aromas of red currant jam, black cherry, plum and Chinese five-spice powder, followed by black currant, plum juice and ripe cherry flavors. Pleasing acidity will make this a tasty fit with trout, mushroom risotto and artisan pizza.

Recommended

Release Price: $48
Cases: 48
Alcohol: 13.5%

Great Northwest WineOctober 24, 2014

Great Northwest Wine reviewed our Denison Cellars Premier Version Willamette Valley 2011 Pinot Noir.

Economist-turned-winemaker Tim Wilson released this small lot under this Premier Version tier from the third vintage under his own label in McMinnville, Ore., and he once again shows excellence despite a cooler vintage. In fact, he harvested his assemblage of clone 777 (59%), Pommard (25%) and 667 into the second week of November. The French oak program of 25% new barrel allows for high-toned red fruit aromas and flavors of raspberry, Montmorency cherry, red currant and rhubarb. And yet, it finishes a bit darker with blackberry juice, black cherry skin tannins and vanilla. He left it unfiltered and protected it with a screwcap.

Excellent

Release Price: $26
Cases: 90
Alcohol: 13.3%

2010 Pinot Noir

Greg Walters’ Pinot ReportIssue No. 86, April 15, 2013

Smart buy!
“Lively and complex…”

15 April 2013 – Pinot Report [pdf]

Medium ruby color; lively cherry aromas with earthy, herb notes; bright cherry flavors with earth and herbal notes; some toasty notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Lively, complex Pinot with terrific texture.

92

Release Price: $38
Cases: 125

Great Northwest WineApril 15, 2013

Great Northwest Wine reviewed our Denison Cellars Yamhill-Carlton District Kiff Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir.

Winemaker Tim Wilson has crafted a delicious Pinot Noir from a challenging vintage that not only was cool but also shortened by voracious bird damage. He blended Pinot Noir clones 667, 777 and Pommard from this vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton to produce a delicious wine. It opens with aromas of pomegranate, fresh plum and lingonberry, followed by juicy flavors of spice, cranberry, raspberry and cherry. Bright acidity and modest tannins lift up the fruit then get out of its way. Enjoy with sautéed mushrooms and lean cuts of beef.

Excellent

Release Price: $38
Cases: 125
Alcohol: 13.5%

Wine SpectatorOctober 15, 2012

The Wine Spectator reviewed our Denison Cellars Yamhill-Carlton District Kiff Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir.

91

Release Price: $38
Country: Oregon
Region: Oregon

Supple and refined, open-textured and light on its feet, with lovely cinnamon-scented red fruit and ginger flavors that linger with intensity on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 125 cases made. –HS

Oregon Wine PressOctober 1, 2012

Prime Pinots

Oregon’s premier Pinot Noirs are irrefutably among the finest in the world… In the final analysis, the following 22 wines were deemed worthy of recommendation. This is more than any other tasting conducted since Oregon Wine Press launched its Value Picks program in 2006.

Denison 2010 Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton • $38 (125 cases)

Flavor to savor and nuances to pause over are led by interplay of dark cherry and red berry with a spicy hint of pine needles. Chocolate, oak vanillin and supple tannins add to the tantalizing taste.

2009 Pinot Noir

Oregonian Spring Wine GuideMay 2012

As wine columnist for The Oregonian and MIX, Katherine Cole loves to find up-and-coming vintners and showcase tomorrow’s stars.

Looking for the next big thing

2009 Denison Cellars “Kiff Vineyard” Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir ($38): Tim Wilson earned his winemaking stripes at large-scale producers such as Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington, Edna Valley Vineyard in California and Benton-Lane Winery and Dobbes Family Estate in Oregon. So one might expect him to go big with his own new label. But Tim and his wife, Denise, made just 110 cases of their first wine, this spicy and enticing pinot from the ripe 2009 vintage. Bright and appealing notes of cherry and nutmeg are counterbalanced by food-friendly flavors such as rhubarb and orange peel, followed with an earthy finish. Is it worth splurging on a brand-new producer? If it’s Denison Cellars, yes.

— Katherine Cole

Wine SpectatorFebruary 29, 2012, and Web Only 2011

The Wine Spectator reviewed our Denison Cellars Yamhill-Carlton District Kiff Vineyard 2009 Pinot Noir.

91

Release Price: $44
Country: Oregon
Region: Oregon

Vibrant, raw-edged and distinctive for its red berry, cherry, cinnamon and smoky tea-leaf flavors, playing out gracefully on a light, refined finish that lingers enticingly. Drink now through 2017. 104 cases made. –HS

Greg Walters’ Pinot ReportIssue No. 76, January 15, 2012

Tim and Denise Wilson founded Denison Cellars as much as a lifestyle choice as a business/career decision. Tim decided early on that his education in economics and career path in the credit card business was not going to be his “dream career.” Denise, a registered nurse, encouraged him to pursue his passion for wine and Tim set out to do the research and get the training and experience at places like Chateau Ste. Michele, Edna Valley Vineyard, Benton-Lane Winery and Dobbes Family Estate that would eventually lead to the founding of Denison Cellars in the Willamette Valley in 2009. Tim’s Pinot bottling comes from the Kiff Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District. I’m looking forward to watching this label develop.

Medium ruby color; bright, spicy cherry aromas with some tea notes; rich cherry flavors with earthy and oak notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Bright fruit and silky texture highlight this Pinot. Perfect for grilled pork tenderloin.

92

Release Price: $38
Cases: 110

Wine Press Northwest MagazineAugust 1, 2011

Outstanding! Denison Cellars 2009 Inaugural Release Kiff Vineyard Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $44. Tim Wilson launches his own label in McMinnvillle, Ore., with a stunning debut, thanks to fruit he bought from his son’s soccer coach — Joel Kiff. Their collaboration with Pommard and 667 clone clusters, taken Oct. 2, shows complexity amid an opulent oak program. Dark aromas of black cherries, plums, dried blackberry, black licorice, forest floor and sandalwood create inspiration. The drink is deep and rich with plums, black cherry soda and vanilla, cast amid medium tannins and balanced acidity. The fascinating finish carries in blackberry, fig, black NECCO wafer and vanilla bean. (110 cases, 13.9% alc.)