International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88($50) Good dark red. Subdued but pure aromas of briary black fruits, game, spices, rose and underbrush. Big, broad, rich and ripe, if distinctly warm with alcohol (no surprise for a wine that admits to 15.3% on the label). This, too, could use more delineation of flavor, but it's undeniably mouthfilling. Finishes with rich but dry raspberry fruit and noteworthy persistence.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: March/April 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94Powerful, rich and seductive, a plush mouthful of fresh plum, blackberry and subtle spices, amazingly ripe and supple right through the extraordinarily long finish. Tannins are beautifully integrated, but enough to carry this one a long way in the cellar.Author: Harvey Steiman
Self | Rating: 85Maybe I had a bad egg, but I found it thin and overly acidic. Very disappointed, will have to try one of the others in time I have remaining. In time it got no better.Drink Dates: 2004-2007Author: Koby
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Oregon has seen a huge boom in wine production in recent decades, as has the entire Pacific Northwest region. Once known for small wineries nestled amongst farmland, the Oregon wine industry has been the recipient of a huge capital influx, which has opened up new vine-growing territory and built numerous large-production brands. Although best known for from the , which sits at the same latitude as , the state continues to build a reputation for Rhône and white varieties as well.
Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.
Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from , where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include , , , and .
New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 121 bottles owned
- 25 collectors
- Average collector rating: 85
(Out of 25 collectors)