2012 Diplomat Pinot Noir

Oregon Wine Press, May 01, 2014

Looming less large than other examples of the vintage, this middleweight wine presents completeness and complexity. A forward floral aroma ushers in sweet, bright berry touched by butterscotch and baked bread.

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2010 Historian Pinot Noir

Wine is Serious Business, Dan and Chas January 21, 2013

Fresh, easy to drink, juicy mid-palate that leads to a long fruity finish…Represents the vintage really well. This is a very delicious 2010 wine.

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Storyteller Wines, Michael Alberty October 9,2012

John Lyon is one of the young winemakers you need to meet. He’s a fresh-scrubbed product of Canby Union High School who ended up with degrees in history and anthropology at Linfield College (home to the International Pinot Noir Celebration), which is probably where he began to notice Oregon Pinot Noir.

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Oregon Pinot Noir Club, Bob Wolf

The wine is a shining example of small-lot pinot noir from cool 2010 vintage. It has beautifully focused fruit that is leavened with bright acidity and present but super-fine tannins.


Ponzi Wine Bar, Andrew Turner

When we had this one open for tasting here in the wine bar, the reception was nothing short of inspired. This wine has got it going on!


2009 Diplomat Pinot Noir


The Oregonian, Katherine Cole February 20, 2012

This nicely priced pinot noir shows great promise: Sourced from Mistletoe Vineyards (just south of Dallas) and Rodriguez Family Vineyard (between McMinnville and Lafayette), it introduces itself amicably with a confection of crushed strawberries, but then negotiates greater depths as it opens up, revealing notes of forest floor, smoke and dried rose petals.

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Wine is Serious Business, Dan and Chas January 16, 2012

The red fruit is so easy…A straight forward Pinot Noir here… Pretty nice stuff!

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2008 Idealist

Storyteller Wines, Michael Alberty March 9, 2010

If a person is striving to make the best Pinot Noir they possibly can, well, that’s honorable and heroic. So allow me to introduce you to one of Oregon’s bright new winemakers, Mr. John Lyon.





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