2004 Battle Creek - Pinot Noir 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinfolio | Rating: 92

The lush aromas show a little graphite, dusty olive, clove and meat. The palate is delicate, graceful and cleanly focused emphasizing black cherry, plum and currants. The tannins show good grip and the wine needs time to fully integrate all components.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 151

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 89
Author: Jeffrey M989
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/04/2008
Drink Dates: 2008-2009
A pleasant wine. Good flavor, not as fruit forward as some RRV pinots. A nice bottle of wine but no real wow factor.

Average rating: 92, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

25 bottles owned by 7 collectors.

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About This Producer

Battle Creek is one of a small group of vineyards retained following the sale of the major brand Columbia Winery to an international corporation in 2001. It is currently part of the Corus Estates & Vineyards brand. Production is supervised by winemaker Aron Hess, who worked with Lynn Penner-Ash at Rex Hill before becoming head of production at 12th & Maple Wine Company, a custom crush facility in Dundee, Oregon. Battle Creek Pinot Noir, produced from a 135-acre vineyard of the same name, is made at the 12th & Maple location. The Battle Creek Vineyard vines are incredibly low yielding, averaging less than 1 ton per acre, and production is in the 150-200 case range.

See other similar producers: Lachini Vineyards, Hamacher Wines, Broadley Vineyards

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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