Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Estate Selection Pinot Noir 2006

After visiting the Oregon Food and Beverage Show in NYC last month, I was impressed with the wines I tasted from The Erath Winery. This Pinot Noir is another sample bottle I received from them. It sources fruits from several Reserve quality locations in the Dundee Hills Appelation of Oregon (15% Prince Hill, 14% Juliard, 62% Knight's Gambit, 5% Lillie's and 4% Niederberger), and is aged in barrel for 13 months.

Aromas of cherry, plums and a certain earthiness prevail while the palate leaves a smoky cinnamon suggestion and tangy red licorice (anise), a layer of minerality, rounded flavors and soft finish. I can imagine this working perfectly with a Thanksgiving dinner.

91 points Wine Spectator, Retails for $36, 13.5% alcohol.


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