Press, scores and such.
They like us, they really like us. Well sometimes they do. And not everyone. And thankfully so. Our style is dictated by the notion of terroir, not by the trend of the day. So let me rephrase. At one point, at sometime, someone liked the wine enough to write about it.

Real Simple

6 Delightful Foodie Hostess Gifts, #1 2012 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

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The Wine Spectator

91pts 2012 Johnson School Pinot noir

90pts 2012 Old Vines Pinot Noir

Jancis Robinson

16.5pts 2012 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

Wine & Spirits

90pts 2012 Old Vines Pinot Noir

92pts 2012 Old Vines Pinot Noir

92pts 2012 Meadowlark Pinot Noir

90pts 2012 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

April 2014

The Wine Advocate

89pts, 2011 Chardonnay

Fermented in stainless steel and French oak (10% new), fermented naturally with 10% malolactic and aged on the lees without stirring for 60 days. It has another a very attractive, naturally refined bouquet with citrus fruit, yellow flowers, white peach and a touch of hazelnut in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth and rounded texture, lightly honeyed with hints of toffee and almond coming through on the finish. Enjoy this well crafted Chardonnay over the next 3 or 4 years. Plus ­great price! -NM

December 2014

Cooper Hill Pinot Noir is selected as one of the Top 100 Value Wines in Wine Spectator

July 2014

Food & Wine calls our 2013 Cooper Mountain pinot gris brilliant!

A Brilliant Biodynamic White from Oregon

July 2014


91 pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain Doctors Pinot Noir

90 pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain Mountain Terroir Pinot Noir

January 2014

Wine Spectator

90pts, 2012 Cooper Hill Pinot Noir

88pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

November 2013

Wine Advocate Issue #209 Scores

92pts, 2012 Cooper Mountain ‘Life’

91pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain ‘Mountain Terroir’

91pts, 2012 Tocai Friulano

89pts 2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

89pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Gris

July 2013


91pts, 2010 Cooper Mountain ‘Mountain Terroir’

90pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

June 2013

Wine & Spirits Magazine Value Brand of the Year

Forbes, May 2, 2013

10 Elegant Oregon Pinot Noirs

2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

The Boston Globe, April 23, 2013

Fashionable Glasses sport Oregon pinot noir for spring

2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

Wine & Spirits Magazine April 2013

93pts, 2010 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

91pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Gris

90pts, 2011 Cooper Hill Pinot Noir

12th Most Popular Pinot Noir in American Restaurants, Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

Tasting Panel Magazine March 2013

90pts, 2011 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir

The Wall Street Journal December 14, 2012

Balsamic is Back

Wine Advocate August 2012

90 points, 2011 Pinot Gris Reserve 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

91 points, 2011 Pinot Noir Life Gilles de Domingo showed me Cooper Mountain’s 2011 Pinot Noir Life when it had been in bottle for only five days. Rather, it seems that the demand for this no-sulfur bottling far outstrips supply in any vintage; and avian hoards had decimated the estate’s 2010 Pinot crop; so this 2011 was headed straight onto the market, no doubt to be gobbled right up. “This (bottling) began as an experiment in 2002,” explains de Domingo, “but then demand took off.” Asked why, in that case, he still made only 200 cases, he cites a fear of being held responsible for improperly stored or handled stock. Vivid plum and blackberry including their invigorating tartness of skin and crunch of seeds are mingled with saliva-liberating salinity and soy-like savor in a texturally-polished amalgam of sappy mid-palate intensity, vibrancy, and grip. de Domingo says he practices extreme leaf pull to concentrate the phenols in this wine, and so as to achieve on this occasion 13.2% finished alcohol with an end-October picking date. He also shared speculations that the presence of caffeic acid (such as one would find in eucalyptus) acts as an anti-oxidant in Pinot. All I know is that as a young wine this came as a revelation in vividness of fresh berry essence. De Domingo says he’ll prove to me next year that this cuvee can age. (The regimen of oak here, incidentally, is typical for a Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir: around 30% new and 40% second-use.) -David Schildknecht

Wine Advocate October 2011

90 points, 2009 Pinot Noir Reserve

91+ points, 2009 Pinot Noir Mountain Terroir

93+ points, 2010 Pinot Noir Life

Wine Advocate Oct. 2010

91 pts, 2008 Pinot Noir Mountain Terroir

90 pts, 2009 Pinot Noir Life

90 pts, 2008 Pinot Noir Reserve


Wine & Spirits

92 points, 2009 Pinot Noir Mountain Terroir, June 2012

89 points, 2010 Pinot Noir Cooper Hill, June 2012

89 points, 2010 Pinot Noir Life, June 2012

90 points, 2009 Pinot Noir Cooper Hill, Top Value Wines of 2012, June 2012

2009 Cooper Hill Pinot Noir makes the 100 Best Buys of 2011 with 90 pts! October 2011

Cooper Mountain ranks 18th Most Popular Pinot Noir in the 22nd Annual Restaurant Poll 
Wine & Spirits, April 2011 
Wine & Spirits Annual Restaurant Poll


Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, July/August 2012

89 points, 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve, 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. -Josh Raynolds

90 points, 2010 Pinot Noir iWine Vivid red.  Pungent red and dark berry aromas are complemented by sassafras, anise and cracked pepper.  The palate offers sappy cherry and black raspberry flavors with notes of candied rose and cola.  Refreshingly brisk on the finish, which shows a suave silky character and very good persistence.  I find this pinot very approachable now. -Josh Raynolds

Food and Wine Magazine August 2012

2011 Cooper Hill Pinot Noir -recommended

‘Wine Travel Goes Green’
Wine Enthusiast
Nov. 1, 2010
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‘Matt Kramer on wine: Cooper Mountain pinot noir reserve an incredible value’
The Oregonian
September 11, 2010
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Wine Spectator
‘Top 200 Values’, The Wine Spectator, October 15, 2010

88 pts, 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve, This light Pinot delivers black raspberry and cola notes on a welcoming frame, persisting nicely. Drink now through 2014.’ -Harvey Steiman, Wine of the Day May 28, 2012

87 pts, 2009 Pinot Gris Cooper Hill

Refreshing, with pretty pear and almond blossom aromas and flavors 
that linger nicely on the finish. Drink now.’-Harvey Steiman

89 pts, Smart Buy, 2008 Pinot Noir Cooper Hill
‘Light and airy, with a welcome transparency to the raspberry and cherry
flavors, hinting at tobacco and mineral as the finish lingers delicately.
Drink now through 2013.’ -Harvey Steiman

87 pts, 2009 Pinot Noir Cooper Hill
‘Light and fragrant, with a meaty edge to the blackberry and spice flavors,
 lingering softly. Drink now. -Harvey Steiman