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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2007 Cardwell Hill Cellars Pinot Noir

This estate bottled Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley was produced from grapes grown on the 57 acre vineyard known as "Cardwell Hill". The vineyard is planted with various Pinot clones such as Wedensvil, Pommard, and Dijon 115/777 which all combine to give this wine it's complexity and character. 

The aromas are filling the room as I sit here typing and my mouth is starting to water so lets get into it! On the nose I get beautiful red currant, red cherry, licorice, spice, pepper, and light hints of oak. There is also a touch of earth and a very faint hint of vegetable, though I can't quite depict what kind of veggie. 

The wine continues onto the palate with it's bright red fruits such as cherry, red raspberry, and perhaps a touch of cranberry. There is also a distinct mineral character and some really nice spice that I believe comes from the barrel aging.

This is without a doubt cold weather Pinot Noir and it shows with its elegance and subtle fruit character combined with it's crushed-stone minerality. The texture is soft and light but the wine is dry and finishes with a touch of tannin and acidity. The wine is well made but I think it lacks the "it" factor and a bit of body on the palate.  88 points

sundcarrie said...

I really know very little about wine but you make it sound delicious. It makes me want to go out and try some more. I have had bad experiences with the wine I have had.

 
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