Pours a ruby core with a crimson rim…a bit reticent at first with hints of soft red fruit, but a few minutes of air rewards you with a blooming amalgam of cherry and raspberry fruit, haloed with cinnamon spice and earthy, truffle-y forest floor. A wonderfully pure wine with a classic Burgundian nose, followed a medium-full bodied texture on the palate. Not overly extracted or oaky, this is a textbook example of Oregon Pinot with wonderfully delineated fruit and excellent minerality in a lengthy finish that screams for food. It really starts to sing with about 15-20 minutes of air, so give it a decant – it’s a seductive beauty that’s worth the wait.
Style: Medium, Smooth
Located on the western side of the Willamette River valley, the volcanic Jory soils of the Dundee Hills AVA are deftly planted by a handful of wineries that produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and sparkling wines at the highest level.
Lot 586 comes to us from a pioneering, family-owned estate in the Dundee Hills that was instrumental in building the Oregon wine industry from its infancy – its name is a benchmark for the entire region, and no list of the best Willamette Valley wineries is complete without. Carefully tended vineyards are planted on the southern-facing slopes, with grapes hand harvested and sorted before going through small-lot fermentation and 16 months in French oak barrels. From a $40/bottle source bottle program that routinely picks up 90-92 from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator, and Parker.