Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Firesteed Citation Pinot Noir 2000 Oregon
Howard Rossbach (who grew up in the Bronx) of Firesteed started out by successfully crafting a good, affordable Oregon Pinot Noir at $10.
After this success he wanted to attempt a higher end wine in a creative way, so he selected the best available Pinots of the region, fermented in small vessels, then aged in French oak for 18 months before bottle aging for 5 years … There really aren’t that many Oregon Pinot Noirs aged for 5 years before release.
The results? A complex but softened beauty. I allowed a few hours decanting and the aromas were dark and earthy. In the glass deep ruby colors and a nose full of strawberry shortcake with a bit of citrus. On the palate ripe black cherries, vanilla, a smoky spice, forest floor and a good long balanced finish.
$50, 13.6% alcohol
Full disclosure: This bottle was a complimentary sample for Vigna Uva Vino from Firesteed Cellars.