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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

2006 Firesteed Cellars Pinot Noir

Firesteed Cellars is located in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the Eola Hills region and is currently the third largest winery in Oregon and Oregon’s largest producer of Pinot Noir.

The 2006 Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir is made from Pinot grapes sourced throughout the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Walla Walla Valleys, making it a sort of "Oregon field-blend". The 2006 vintage was a very beautiful growing season and the weather condition provided for a smooth harvest in September and October.

The aromas of this wine start off with a good dose of mixed berry pie then move towards more earthy tones and perhaps some mineral and smoke notes. There is also a touch of oak that is accompanied by some vanilla aromas. 

On the palate this wine is light but shows good acidity, flavors of rustic wild raspberry and hints of mineral are the main features of this wine and also a touch of cedar and leather on the finish. It's a cold weather style that is similar to some of the mineral driven village wines of Burgundy. 

In my honest opinion the wine lacks a touch of depth in terms of layers and finish but is a good buy and a value in it's price point. I'm still searching for that $20 Pinot that rocks my world thought. 86+ points

beth said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful tasting notes. It's really mouth watering.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried the 2008 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir Victoria, Australia or the 2007 Waipara Springs "Premo" Pinot Noir Waipara New Zealand? Both are available at K&L. I haven't tried either, but they are both less than $20 and have good reviews.

Thomas said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I'm not sure I've tried either of those wines but I will look for them.

traveleatlove said...

I was at Erath Vineyards in Oregon last summer and really enjoyed their Pinot. I hope to make a return trip to Oregon soon to visit more wineries; it was gorgeous!

 
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