2016 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
ALC 14.2% Cases Produced: 100
Dense ruby color. The nose reveals primary notes of cherry preserve, ripe blackberry, spice, sage, licorice and savory herbs. Upon opening up, characterisitcs of the loess soil type that has accumulated on Chehalem Mountain over millions of years, come to the fore. The perfumed nose then slowly evolves into blond tobacco and floral notes of violet and lilac. The mouthfeel pops with crunchy cherries, fresh red raspberries, cranberries and a touch of spice. On the palate, the tannins are seamless, lingering, and beautifully frame the wine.
The geography and climate of this AVA is what sets it apart from the others. With three distinct mountains in the picturesque area twenty miles south of Portland, the AVA features the highest point in the Willamette Valley. Due to the mountainous terrain, three prominent soil types – basaltic, ocean sedimentary and wind-blown loess – allow for greater complexity in the wines.
92 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine
“Each of the winery’s Pinots showcases a specific AVA, and each is quite distinctive. Here, the sharply etched scents suggest raspberry jam and preserved lemon, and the following flavors retain that tight focus. Notes of blood orange and pineapple highlight the acidity, and the wine continues on with herbal notes. The tannins, still a bit stiff, will benefit from further bottle aging.”