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Professional Ratings: 93 Wine & Spirits, 91 Wine Spectator, 91 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Item no. 112908
The 2008 edition of the Sommers Reserve is full of promise! Swirled in the glass, there's a riot of intriguing and complex aromas that seem to change every time you revisit your glass. It does reveal a pleasant brambly and green quality that brings to mind basil and and an entire blackberry bush—leaves--berries and thorns. Add a hint of faded rose petal and dust the whole picture with cocoa powder and wait about two years, when more will be revealed. Take a sip, and be prepared for a voluptuous, juicy and very balanced wine that tastes of savory spices, rare beef and vanilla. This is the only the 'first act' for this gorgeous cellar candidate.
The reserve, a selection of the best barrels given extended aging in wood, shows the tremendous poise that could be achieved in the 2008 vintage. Its earthy scents of forest floor and stem spice are all in the service of plummy, black cherry fruit. The flavors are generous but not demonstrative, the tension between fruit and earth a quiet drama in the wine, finishing with grace.
Supple, with a mineral, hot brick undertone to the dark berry and roasted meat flavors. Open-textured finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,058 cases made.
The 2008 Pinot Noir Sommers Reserve spent 6 months longer in a higher percentage of new oak than the Jefferson bottling. It exhibits a whiff of toast along with meaty black fruit notes, spice box, and incense. On the palate it displays an elegant personality along with intense fruit flavors, good balance, and enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. It will deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2020.
Vivid ruby. Pungent aromas of red berry and cherry skin, incense and blood orange. Energetic and gently sweet on the palate, offering sappy redcurrant and cherry flavors that turn spicier with air. Tannins build with air and add grip to the long, focused, spice-accented finish. This will age on its balance.