Recent Reviews of Cooper Mountain Products

Cooper Moutnain Vineyards is rolling out high-ranking best sellers. Check out a few selected reviews below:


2010 Pinot Noir ‘Reserve’

Burghound, 90 pts

A wonderfully fresh, elegant and pure nose offers up notes of ripe red berries, briar and floral hints. There is a cool restrained to the equally pure middle weight flavors that possess good detail and plenty of verve while terminating in a mildly austere finish that displays fine balanced and length. This is quite dry and clean in the best sense and I really like the delivery here. Excellent value.

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, 89pts

Bright red.  Aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry and vanilla, with a smoky nuance.  Youthfully taut on entry, then takes on more flesh with a little air, finishing on notes of vanilla, cola and candied red fruits.

Wine Spectator, 88 pts

This light Pinot delivers black raspberry and cola notes on a welcoming frame, persisting nicely. Drink now through 2014. 2,500 cases made. –HS

Wine Advocate, 87 pts

A smoky overtone of reduction segues into smoked meat, horehound, and cherry cola in the nose of Cooper Mountain’s 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve. Firm in feel, but with lingering sweetness as well as savory bacon notes, this may slough-off its reduction in time, though it had already been in bottle for more than six months when I tasted it. -David Schildknecht


Wine & Spirits, 92 pts

Scents of wild cherries are grounded by an oak spice that carries through to the generous array of flavors, all cherry cola and graham spice. The finish bears a mildly smoky note, which suggests a pairing with salmon off the grill.

Wine Advocate, 91+

The 2009 Pinot Noir Mountain Terroir offers up earthy minerals, wood smoke, spice box, black cherry, and black raspberry. More structured than the Reserve cuvee, this lengthy effort is likely to evolve for 1-2 years and deliver optimum drinking through 2019. -Jay Miller


2011 Pinot Gris  ‘Reserve’ 

Wine Advocate, 90 pts

The Cooper Mountain 2011 Pinot Gris Reserve deliciously illustrates two things that winemaker Gilles de Domingo professes to love: reduction and lees. From the former, this wine derives its sense of vibrancy and finishing “ping;” from the latter an enhancement of this cepage’s natural tendency toward textural richness (notwithstanding that to taste 90% of the Oregon exemplars I did, you would never guess Pinot Gris had that inherent proclivity!). Ripe peach and Persian melon, subtly brown-spiced and mingled with fresh citrus juices and bittersweet candied citrus rind inform a luscious yet invigorating performance you won’t be able to resist. I have no idea how this might age but wouldn’t be surprised if it held up beautifully for several years. (I wanted to cry after tasting this and then learning that Cooper Mountain also grows my beloved Pinot Blanc, but had not supplied me a sample.) And did I neglect – do I even need – to note that this humbly-priced Pinot Gris picked at the end of October represents absurdly fine value? - David Schildknecht