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Wine Spectator, Oct 15, 2015:

Et Fille 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (90): "A vibrant and open-textured red, with black cherry and plum flavors set on a taut, tight beam, lingering against fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2020."

Vinous (formerly Tanzer's International Wine Cellar), October 2015:

Et Fille 2012 Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir (92): Vivid ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries and cherry-cola, with smoke and allspice accents adding complexity. Fleshy and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, offering juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of candied rose. Shows appealing sweetness on the long, focused finish, which features gentle tannins and a late jolt of licorice.

Et Fille 2012 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir (92): Brilliant ruby-red. Fresh and sharply focused on the nose, displaying mineral-laced scents of fresh red berries, tea rose and blood orange. Silky and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet strawberry and cherry flavors that deepen and spread out with air. Shows an appealingly light touch, especially for the vintage, and finishes spicy and long, with even tannins and an echo of candied flowers.

Et Fille 2012 Heredity Pinot Noir (90): Vivid red. Lively nose displays intense red berry and rose pastille scents along with suggestions of Asian spices and smoky minerals. Smooth and open-knit, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors lifted by a bracing jolt of white pepper on the back half. The long finish features sneaky tannins and a touch of candied flowers.

Et Fille 2012 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (89): Deep red. Fresh red berries and rose oil on the spice-tinged nose. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering gently sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and a suggestion of white pepper. Closes with repeating spiciness, good lift and length, and smooth, sneaky tannins.

Et Fille 2010 Deux Vert Vineyard Pinot Noir (92): Vivid red. Complex, expansive aromas of ripe cherry and mulberry, with suave oak spice and cola nuances building in the glass. Sappy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors with suggestions of succulent herbs and spicecake. Finishes very long and gently tannic, with repeating spiciness and an exotic flourish of floral pastilles.

2015 Oregon Wine Awards:

DOUBLE GOLD- Et Fille 2011 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Noir

DOUBLE GOLD- Et Fille 2011 Palmer Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

GOLD- Et Fille 2011 Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir

Allen Meadows' Burghound.com:
Et Fille 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
"An appealingly perfumed red berry fruit and softly spicy nose precedes nicely rich, round and again utterly delicious middle weight flavors that are succulent, indeed even lush. The mouth feel stops just short of being delicate and the balanced finsh offers enough verve so that the overall impression remains inviting and refreshing. This if not super complex but when taken as a whole it offers absolutely terrific value and is highly recommended as it is rare these days to find this kind of quality for $24. One to buy by the case! Note too that there is no rush to drink up either as it should reward 2 to 4 years of bottle age."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:

Et Fille 2011 Pinot Noir- Palmer Creek Vineyard (90)

($42) Deep red.  Musky cherry and raspberry scents are complicated by underbrush and dried rose.  Juicy red berry and floral flavors show a refreshingly bitter edge with air, with no loss of fruitiness.  Finishes with very good focus and length, leaving a suave, dusty floral note behind.

Et Fille 2011 Pinot Noir- Kalita Vineyard (90)

($42) Vivid red.  Fragrant, mineral-accented scents of red fruits and lavender, with a touch of white pepper gaining volume with air.  Juicy and precise, offering lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of candied flowers.  Finishes racy and tight, with resonating spiciness and very good clarity. 

Et Fille 2009 Pinot Noir- Deux Vert Vineyard (92)

($42) Dark red.  Smoky red berries and blood orange on the nose, with complicating suggestions of succulent herbs, underbrush and rose oil.  Offers fleshy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors along with a hint of anise that fades slowly in to the wine's sweet fruit.  Shows very good energy and cut on the incisive, persistent finish, which is firmed by dusty, slow-building tannins.  There's more than a little of the Burgundian thing going on here.  Note that this wine, which spent 20 months aging in barrel, is a current release.

Et Fille 2011 Pinot Noir- Maresh Vineyard (92)

($42) Deep red.  Sexy, expansive aromas of red berries, potpourri and allspice show very good purity andan emerging smoky quality.  Silky, sweet and penetrating, offering vibrant raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a touch of spicecake.  Delicate and precise in the style of this vintage's best wines, finishing with excellent cut and sneaky tannins that add grip.  Open-minded Burgundy freaks should check this one out--and any of this producer's pinots, in fact.

Et Fille 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (90+)

Bright red.  Pungent, smoke-accented aromas of dried cherry, blood orange and candied rose.  Taut and linear on entry, then fleshier and more broad in the mid-palate, offering gently sweet red fruit flavors and a hint of peppery spices.  Shows very good clarity and lift on the finish, which echoes the floral and cherry notes.  This nervy, incisive wine improves a lot with aeration, by the way.