The Hedonistic Taster | ‚ĄĖ 23 | Graham Beck M√©thode Cap Classique | South Africa

The Hedonistic Taster¬†| ¬†‚ĄĖ¬†23 | Graham Beck M√©thode Cap Classique | South Africa

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne MLTastevin

‚ÄúWine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster,¬†a¬†binNotes | redThread‚ĄĘ¬†trade¬†sampling¬†of¬†gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate¬†tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‚Äėhedonistic tasting,‚Äô coined by legendary¬†Burgundian vigneron¬†Henri Jayer.

Santé!

Today’s Tasting:

Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique | South Africa

This tasting marks the first in my focus on ¬†Affordable Burgundy + Beyond.¬†Here, I taste through a bit of ‘beyond’ – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based bubbles from South Africa.

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If Champagne has a soul sister, it may be M√©thode Cap Classique. Specific to South Africa, Cap Classique employs the same ‚Äútraditional method‚ÄĚ used to make Champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle.

A key figure behind establishing South Africa‚Äôs M√©thode Cap Classique sparkling wine is Pieter ‚ÄúBubbles‚ÄĚ Ferreira, cellarmaster at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. Champagne-trained, South African inspired, Ferreira favors an elegant, crisp ‘house style’ that compliments the region’s diverse cuisine.

These tastings notes compliment a recent Skype interview I conducted with Pieter Ferreira hosted by Wines of South Africa. Please look for the forthcoming interview here later this summer.

Authors Note: I was delightfully surprised to meet Pieter at IPNC this past weekend, and can vouch that he is every bit as effervescent as his wines. 

Wine: Graham Beck Brut Méthode Cap Classique Sparkling Wine (51% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir)

Vintage: N/V

Alcohol:  12 %

Suggested Retail:  $17

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Clear gold robe, pinpoint beading, effusive nuclei, diffuse mousse.

Nose: ¬†Beautiful¬†‘eau de boulangerie’ notes of ¬†brioche, toast, yeast.

Palate: Clean citrus, amber, toasty bouche; medium finish.

Suggested Pairings: A better question to ask is what not to pair this wine with? The perfect apéritif, amuse-bouche, seafood sidekick, or all-around scene stealer for any occasion.

Score: 94

Wine: Graham Beck Brut Rosé (55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay)

Vintage: N/V

Alcohol:  12.5%

Suggested Retail: $17

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Clear coral robe, vibrant beading, diaphanous mousse.

Nose:  An intoxicating admix of salt-air, fynbos, red fruit nose.

Palate: Alluring red raspberry bouche with hints of almond and brioche, combined with a surprising, and delightful, herbaceous backnote.

Suggested Pairings:  A joyful elixir. Pairs well with life.Absolutely fave stunning rosé sparkling wine, hands down, for the price point and quality.

Score: 95

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BKWine Magazine | Artisan Winemaker Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard, Oregon

Dear Readers:

FYI:

¬†Paris-based BKWine Magazine now features my interview with artisan wine maker and former NASA rocket scientist Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Read the full article here.

Read the full article in Swedish here.

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The Hedonistic Taster | ‚ĄĖ 13 | Vidon Vineyard

The Hedonistic Taster¬†| ¬†‚ĄĖ¬†13 | Vidon Vineyard¬†

Chehalem Mountains AVA | Willamette Valley, OR.

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

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‚ÄúWine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster,¬†a¬†binNotes | redThread‚ĄĘ¬†trade¬†sampling¬†of¬†gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate¬†tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‚Äėhedonistic tasting,‚Äô coined by legendary¬†Burgundian vigneron¬†Henri Jayer.¬†Sant√©!

Today’s Tasting:

Vidon Vineyard | Chehalem Mountains AVA  | Willamette Valley, OR.

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“A petite vineyard with a boutique winery.”

Ok, wine astronauts, buckle up and prepare for takeoff as we taste through samples of Vidon Vineyard 100% estate-grown Oregon Pinot Noir Рincluding a 2012-2014 vertical sampler of 3-Clone cuvées and a special series of 2014 single-clone offerings Рall crafted by former NASA astrophysicist-turned-artisan wine maker Don Hagge.

These small-lot wines reflect the owner – easy-going, unpretentious and approachable.

View my exclusive interview with Vidon Vineyard owner and rocket-scientist-turned-artisan wine maker Don Hagge here.

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Wine: VIDON Vineyard  Mirabelle Clone 115  Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14.3 %

Suggested Retail: $50

Production: 100 cases.

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Obscure ruby robe.

Nose:  Linear red fruit, predominately red raspberry.

Palate: Red raspberry, briary, sous bois notes. Light body, medium acid, minimal tannins/finish.

Suggested Pairings: Perfect, agreeable grab-and-go for game night at the neighbors over lip-smacking finger foods.

 

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Wine: VIDON Vineyard Brigita Clone 777 Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14.3%

Suggested Retail: $50

Production: 125 cases.

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Clouded garnet robe.

Nose:  Rainier cherry, pomegranate, cranberry nose.

Palate: Hard red cherry candy, black pepper, bramble, sous bois notes. Light body, medium acids, minimal tannins.

Suggested Pairings: Easy-breezy accompaniment to wild rice and cranberry stuffed game, or seared tuna with pomegranate coulis.

14_VidonHansClonePinotNoir

Wine: VIDON Vineyard Hans Clone Pommard Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 

Vintage: 2014 

Alcohol: 14.3%

Suggested Retail: $50

Production: 148 cases.

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Roiled, fuscia-tinged raspberry robe.

Nose:  Hi-toned red fruit, barnyard, noisette finish.

Palate: Red fruits, hazelnut, pepper finish. Light body, medium acids, light tannins/finish.

Although a Pinot Noir,  this wine evokes a Cru Beaujolais from Fleurie or Régnié.

Suggested Pairings: Sidle this little number up to some hazelnut-crusted ahi.

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Wine: 2014 VIDON Vineyard 3 Clones Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 

Alcohol:  14.3%

Suggested Retail: $40

Production: 710 cases.

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Sheer ruby robe.

Nose: Pomegranate, earth, umami back note.

Palate: Bing cherry, red vine licorice, ripe raspberry. Acid plus, medium tannin, raspish finish.

A note about the harvest: Wine wags deem the 2014 Willamette Valley harvest¬†“the vintage of a lifetime,” owing to an unblemished¬†growing season from bud break through harvest, ¬†producing¬†record-breaking quality fruit of exceptional balance.

Suggested Pairings: Bring on the ‘fifth flavor’!¬†This wine pairs well with¬†similar, umami-rich dishes such as a leek and c√®pes tart, or stuffed portobello mushrooms.

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Wine: 2013 VIDON Vineyard 3 Clones Estate Oregon Pinot Noir 

Alcohol:  14.3%

Suggested Retail:  $40

Production: 480 cases.

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Pellucid ruby robe; slight effervescence that dissipates with decanting.

Nose:  Peat, cherry; slight sulfur notes evaporate with airing.

Palate: Modelo cherry,  rose hip, white pepper bouche.  

A note about the harvest: This wine provides an unabashed portrait of a warm start out of the gate that turned difficult to choreograph at harvest as the rains first threatened, then arrived without mercy. A third of the wine growers chose to harvest early before the rains, another third harvested on schedule in the rain, and the final third harvested in October, which meant the potential for rot.

Vidon Vineyard opted for the former – to harvest before the rains. Welcome to the Willamette Valley.

Suggested Pairings: A conversation starter over just-baked gougères.

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Wine: 2012 VIDON Vineyard 3 Clones Estate Oregon Pinot Noir

Alcohol:  15%

Suggested Retail: $40

Production: 530 cases.

Specs

TASTING NOTES:

Robe:  Deep garnet robe.

Nose:  Spice, cranberry, mushroom.

Palate: Linear red fruit and earth bouche, light body, acids plus, medium tannins, minimal finish.

A note about the harvest:¬†Willamette Valley’s¬†2012 vintage proved one of the most glorious¬†on¬†record, unfurling¬†warm days, cool nights, even ripening, and well-balanced acids and tannins.

Suggested Pairings: Reminiscent of a straightforward, spicy Bourgogne Passe Tout Grains. Pair with a daube, saucisson or equally rustic fare.

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redThread‚ĄĘ Exclusive: Roserock Drouhin Oregon – V√©ronique Drouhin Boss

redThread‚ĄĘ Exclusive: Roserock Drouhin Oregon – V√©ronique Drouhin Boss

Welcome to binNotes | redThread‚ĄĘ

Inspired stories about wine and taste makers.

By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Today’s Exclusive Interview:

Roserock Drouhin Oregon | Véronique Drouhin-Boss

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -Wm. Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet.”

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In 2013, Domaine Drouhin Oregon¬†purchased 279-acre Roserock Vineyard in Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills. This acquisition adds to the 225-acre estate in Dundee Hills they established in 1987, and allows for a¬†focused expression of terroir reflective of their Burgundy domaine,¬†Maison Joseph Drouhin.

V√©ronique Drouhin-Boss, Robert Drouhin’s daughter,¬†holds court as the vigneron for the family’s holdings,¬†including Roserock Drouhin Oregon.¬†Elegant, refined, graceful, her wines capture both the¬†essence of their microclimates, as well as the¬†trademark Drouhin ‘house style’ ¬†– ethereal,¬†lilting¬†pours¬†of supple, structured beauty.

In this exclusive interview with¬†V√©ronique Drouhin-Boss, the artisan provides insights into her¬†life as a wine maker for the family estate,¬†including a bit about her own¬†√©levage, or ‘raising up’¬†in¬†Burgundy.

r/T‚ĄĘ: Your family has produced terroir-expressive wines in Burgundy for four generations at Maison Joseph Drouhin (MJD). Can you elaborate about the groundbreaking role that your family played in revitalizing Chablis?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: It is actually my father who played an important role in Chablis, believing, in 1968, about the future of the depressed region. My grandfather was the one who started the estate purchasing in 1918 the Clos des Mouches.

r/T‚ĄĘ:¬†Your father Robert proved a pioneer in Oregon as well, establishing Domaine Drouhin Oregon (DDO) in 1987 in the Dundee Hills – the first Burgundian drawn to the region by its familiar climate and promising soils.

How has the purchase of Roserock  in 2013 impacted your family’s winemaking operations?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss:  It has not changed our philosophy regarding winemaking. It is, however, a different area than the Dundee Hills, with minor differences in the microclimate and soil. The goal remains the same: producing wines that are elegant, refined, age worthy and showing the character of where they grow.

r/T‚ĄĘ:¬†The ‚Äėrose‚Äô portion of the ‚ÄėRoserock‚Äô label references Pinot Noir, and the ‚Äėrock‚Äô part of the name references Chardonnays. A third, small portion of reserve wine is held back for ‚ÄėZephirine,‚Äô named after the ‚ÄôZephirine Drouhin‚Äô a rose.¬†Where does Roserock fit within the Drouhin ‚Äėstyle?‚Äô

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: Roserock is flirting in style with Gevrey-Chambertin, meaning the wines show a great underlying structure with ample volume and bright flavors. Our Dundee Hills Pinot is more like a Chambolle-Musigny.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬†Can you elaborate¬†a little bit more about the significance of ‚ÄėZephirine,‚Äô both the wine and the rose?

V√©ronique Drouhin-Boss: ¬†Zephirine was the wife of a man, Monsieur Drouhin, who loved roses. In 1968 , at his request, a rose was made for her by Mr. Bizot, a rosemaker, who gave the name ‚ÄúZephirine‚ÄĚ to his new rose. How well suited for our Roserock reserve cuv√©e this name is! Like Laurene for our Dundee Hills premium estate pinot noir, Zephirine is a blend of a few carefully selected cuv√©es from Roserock, showing great complexity and beautiful texture.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬† In 1988, your father ‚Äėnominated‚Äô you as wine maker for Domaine Drouhin Oregon. Today, you straddle the wine-making fence between Burgundy and Oregon as ‚Äėguardian of the Maison Joseph Drouhin style.‚ÄĚ ¬†Your older brother Philippe oversees the vines, striving to achieve ‚Äėnatural answers to natural problems.‚ÄĚ How do these viticultural and wine making philosophies work¬†together at¬†Roserock?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss:  The philosophy is the same at Roserock, both for the viticulture and winemaking; the difference is that we have now been working for almost 30 years at DDO in the Dundee Hills so we have some good experience there. In Burgundy, it is 136 years of experience for our family. Roserock is much newer for us, the soil and microclimate characteristics are a little different, we already have fairly precise ideas on how to manage the vineyard and vinify the grapes but with time we will better understand each individual block. That might lead to a couple more different cuvées in the future.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬† As a vigneron, do you find your production methods vary much between Roserock, DDO and MJD?¬†

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: Honestly no, our methods do not vary that much between the three locations. The goal is the same in each place: to produce wines of character that reflect where they come from. There is no secret, but certainly there is a lot of thinking in the viticulture practices and then many tastings to fine tune each wine.

Every working day of the week and this during all year we taste at 11 AM for about one to one-and-a-half hour. When I am in Burgundy, I still taste our wines from Oregon that the winery sends me every month.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬†In 1986, after earning your advanced degree in Enology from the University of Dijon, you ended up interning with the Letts of The Eyrie Vineyard, the Casteels of Bethel Heights, and the Adelsheims. During your internship, did you notice many similarities between Oregon and Burgundian wine families?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: Living with these three lovely families was wonderful. Oregon and Burgundy wine families have a lot in common. The way of life: easy going, healthy eating, spending time together, was not very different from our life back home.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬†After your internship, was there anything about Oregon that made you personally want to return and make wine, regardless of your father‚Äôs recommendations?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: I was only 24 years old after my internship and did not see right away a future in Oregon for me. I loved the place and the people but did not think I could do something there.

r/T‚ĄĘ: Your advanced degree was in Pinot Noir. Did you learn anything about growing/making Pinot Noir in Oregon vs. Burgundy that informed those studies?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss:  Pinot Noir is a tricky variety to grow. What is a fact is that in most years it is easier to grow it in Oregon than in Burgundy. My study on Pinot was mostly related to extraction of color which can be a challenge in Burgundy but certainly is not a problem in Oregon. The challenge in Oregon is to keep the natural elegance of the variety. Making wines with deep color and great structure is quite easy, having also the balance, finesse and elegance is not that easy.

r/T‚ĄĘ: Domaine Drouhin Oregon‚Äôs credo is ‚ÄúFrench Soul, Oregon Soil.‚ÄĚ At the 2016 Oregon Wine Symposium, you accepted the Founders Award, an award which ‚Äėhonors people whose longtime work in and for the industry has positively affected the direction and accomplishments of Oregon wine,‚Äô on behalf of your family. Did this award have any significance for you and your family that differed from other awards you have received?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: Yes, we were extremely touched by this award. It came from friends we have known for 30 years. These friends are the same people who did not know us so well 30 years ago, but believed in us. They believed we could, with them, contribute to make Oregon become a recognized region for the quality of its Pinot Noir. It has not been an easy path, but all together, I think we have succeeded in putting Oregon on the map of one of the best Pinot Noir producing region of the world.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬†You have three brothers. You‚Äôre a mother of three. Where you surprised when your father asked you to become the family‚Äôs wine maker?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: Since I was the only one who studied winemaking, it did not surprise me so much, but I was still very young and not sure I could fulfill the position. Luckily, I have had help from my father whose long experience in winemaking was very precious.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬†Do you take your own children into the caves to taste, as your father did with you when you were a child?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss:  Not as much as my father did with us when we were young. For us it was easy since we lived above the cellars.

r/T‚ĄĘ: ¬†Do any of your children show an interest in keeping the Drouhin style alive for the next generation?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss:  For the moment they are still studying, so it is a little early to tell. They all like wine, but also think they should make their own experience for some years before they eventually join the family business.

r/T‚ĄĘ: Anything else you‚Äôd care to share with readers about Roserock?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss:   Yes, I would like to make it clear that Roserock is a wine from Domaine Drouhin Oregon. It is from a different AVA [Eola-Amity Hills] than the Pinot we produce in the Dundee Hills, but it is made with the same philosophy.

Also we need the readers to become our ambassadors: we can grow the grapes and make the wine but we can’t share it with their families and friends!

r/T‚ĄĘ: Finally, if your experience as a vigneron has taught you anything, it‚Äôs taught you…?

Véronique Drouhin-Boss: Whatever we do you we remain growers whose crop will always depend on Mother Nature. We have to respect our planet and precious water resources.

View  Roserock Drouhin Oregon tasting notes here.

View Domaine Drouhin Oregon tasting notes here.

All photos (except Véronique Drouhin-Boss) ©Andrea Johnson and reprinted with permission by Domaine Drouhin Oregon | Roserock Drouhin Oregon.

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Burgundy’s Unforgettable 2016 Vintage

Burgundy’s Unforgettable 2016 Vintage

Dear Friends:

As Burgundy prepares  for its annual post-harvest celebration Les Trois Glorieuses this weekend, I wanted to share with you this beautiful film about the 2016 vintage, produced by BIVB.

In it, Burgundy’s regional vignerons recount the unforgettable 2016 vintage, a vintage of¬†devastating frost and hail damage, yet surprisingly yields, and promising wines of elegance and balance.

Please enjoy and feel free to share your thoughts below.

Santé!

All images courtesy BIVB.

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The Hedonistic Taster | Lenn√© Estate | 2014 Karen’s Pommard Pinot Noir

The Hedonistic Taster | Lenn√© Estate | 2014 Karen’s Pommard Pinot Noir

Tastevin

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster,¬†a¬†binNotes | redThread‚ĄĘ¬†trade¬†sampling¬†of¬†artisan wines.

Today’s Tasting:

Lenn√© Estate¬†| 2014 Karen’s Pommard Pinot Noir¬†‚Äď Willamette Valley

Named for wine maker Steve Lutz’s wife, Karen Lutz deserves recognition in her own right. Lenn√© Estate draws its name from Karen’s father, Lenny, and every label features his profile. Upon his passing, Lenny’s¬†estate helped fund the winery’s start, as did Karen’s ‘day job’ as a pharmaceuticals sales rep.

Today, due to the fruits of their success at Lenn√© Estate, Karen now enjoys working with Steve full time at the winery.¬†This wine pays graceful¬†homage to¬†the woman for whom it’s named.

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Wine:¬†Lenn√© Estate Karen’s Pommard¬†Pinot Noir ‚Äď Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol:  14.9 %

Suggested Retail: $55.00

Specs

Note: #1106 of 1500 bottles made.

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Tranquil ruby robe.

Nose: Alluring ‘rosebud’, spice, mocha nose.

Palate: Silky, subtle dark cherry, cassis, cocoa bouche. Hard to believe it’s 14.9% alcohol. Very feminine approach on the palate, with a lilting finish.

This wine reminds me of those from Domaine Parent in the Burgundian village of Pommard, from where the Pommard clone draws its name.

But while Mdm. Anne Parent’s wines exude a marled, muscular elegance, Steve Lutz presents a glorious¬†Peavine-fist-in-a-velvet Willakenzie-glove rendition from his estate in Yamhill-Carlton.

Suggested Pairings:

Skip dinner and head straight to dessert. This wine pairs best with Barry White on Pandora and a babysitter.

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For more on Lenné Estate:

The Hedonistic Taster |¬†Lenn√© Estate 2014¬†Eleanor’s 114¬†Pinot Noir

The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Jill’s 115 Pinot Noir 

The Hedonistic Taster |Lenné Estate 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

¬†The Hedonistic Taster ‚ĄĖ 8 | Lenn√© Estate.

You can find out more about the story behind Lenné Estate’s hard-fought road to success here in my article about owners Steve and Karen Lutz in Oregon Wine Press.

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The Hedonistic Taster | Lenn√© Estate | Eleanor’s 114 Pinot Noir

The Hedonistic Taster | Lenn√© Estate | Eleanor’s 114 Pinot Noir

Tastevin

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster,¬†a¬†binNotes | redThread‚ĄĘ¬†trade¬†sampling¬†of¬†artisan wines.

Today’s Tasting:

Lenn√© Estate¬†| 2014 Eleanor’s 114 Pinot Noir¬†‚Äď Willamette Valley

Lenné Estate 2014 Eleanor's 114 Pinot Noir is made from the fruit-forward 114 clone.
Lenn√© Estate 2014 Eleanor’s 114 Pinot Noir is produced from the 114 clone, known for its fruit-forward, red-raspberry characteristics.

If you’re a wine¬†enthusiast¬†or collector and don’t have¬†any¬†Lenn√© Estate Pinot Noir in your cellar, you may want¬†to rethink that strategy.

Owner/wine maker¬†Steve Lutz painstakingly burnishes small lot, artisan juice¬†from his pristine Yamhill-Carlton estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

These wines reveal an intricacy, sultriness, and structure that only enhance over time.

(For more about the story of Steve and Karen Lutz and Lenn√© Estate,¬†here’s a link¬†to¬†my feature¬†in Oregon Wine Press.)

Wine:¬†Lenn√© Estate Jill‚Äôs 115¬†Pinot Noir ‚Äď Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14.3 %

Suggested Retail: $55.00

Specs

Note: #954 of 1200 bottles made.

TASTING NOTES:

Robe: Noir-tinged ruby.

Nose: Black and red fruit, earth, spice, dried herbs.

Palate: Cassis, sumac and Betty Bacall smoke-throated back notes.

Suggested Pairings: You know how to whistle, don’t you? Pair this¬†with¬†venison loin lashed lightly with¬†a cassis port reduction.

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For more on Lenné Estate:

The Hedonistic Taster | Lenn√© Estate 2014 Jill’s 115¬†Pinot Noir¬†

The Hedonistic Taster |Lenné Estate 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

¬†The Hedonistic Taster ‚ĄĖ 8 | Lenn√© Estate.

You can find out more about the story behind Lenné Estate’s hard-fought road to success here in my article about owners Steve and Karen Lutz in Oregon Wine Press.

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