International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88($45) Bright red. Ripe cherry and plum aromas display a lightly roasted character, with black cardamom and gunpowder tea accents. Chunky and rich, with bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors, powerful tannins and a dose of vanilla. The lingering finish offers deep notes of cassis and bitter cherry. Fans of delicate pinot should look elsewhere but this has a seductive richness and would pair well with a grilled steak.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Soft, round and dense with plum, blueberry and dusky spice aromas and flavors, but it's not heavy, just well-formed, with real length.Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 85The 2004 Pinot Noir |Premier Cuvee| spent 10 months in 65% new French oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dark ruby in color, the nose offers spice notes, red cherry, and some unwanted bell pepper. The green character is absent from the palate which possesses a velvety texture but lacks depth and flavor interest.Author: Jay Miller
Self | Rating: 88Author: NathanL
Self | Rating: 92Ruby in color. Medium rim variation. Fast legs. Carmel, Hazelnut, Prune nose. Raisin, Light toast, little floral, plum flavors. Medium bodied. Satin-like texture. Medium finish.Author: Peters
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
- 84 bottles owned
- 32 collectors
- Average collector rating: 90
(Out of 32 collectors)