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Professional Ratings: 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Other Info: Screw Cap Wines, Green Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14%
Item no. 106442
Whoa, buddy! I tasted this wine immediately after our 2000 Extended Tirage and was expecting to be underwhelmed after enjoying such a noble wine as our ET. Result: this may be the most interesting, complex, and balanced Pinot Noir we've made here! The aromas jump out of the glass with bright vibrancy. Rich Bing cherry fruit, Santa Rosa plum, pie spices, cinnamon stick, with bouquet of forest loam and woods-edge Northwest bramble fruits make this a very seductive Pinot Noir. The mouth-feel is surprisingly silky and concentrated in texture. The middle palate has delightful juiciness of Bing cherry and red plum fruit. From middle to its long finish this wine is complexed by presence of spices reminiscent of bergamot and citrus oil, with a hint of the sort of herb component that evolves into floral aromas with age.
Light on its feet, this offers ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit, with shades of white pepper and floral notes, finishing with a mild grip of tannins and plenty of length. Drink now through 2014. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.