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Friday, February 26, 2010

2006 Londer Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

I remember tasting a Londer Pinot Noir several years ago and really enjoying it, although I'm not sure if it was the Estate Pinot or not. Anyways, I'm excited to taste this wine because it's been a little while since I've tasted anything from the Anderson Valley.

Anderson Valley produces some really powerful wines and I find it most similar to the Russian River style (meaning relatively full bodied.....for Pinot Noir). This wine is a small 490 case production and was aged in French oak (30% new).

On the nose I get beautiful floral aromas mixed with generous cherry and wild berry notes. There is secondary aromas of roasted meat, leather, and spice. A very classic cool weather, hearty, and rich style bouquet.

On the palate I generous bing cherry notes that combine with raspberry, cranberry, vanilla, herbs, and a touch of orange peel. There is great spice here too, my guess is they use quality French oak with their barrel regimen. The finish is medium-long in length and has a generous amount of tannin. Very nicely made wine - 91 points

Michael Hughes said...

I'm seeing a pattern surface here...on a bit of a pinot kick?

Thomas said...

Yeah, I've been going through a bit of a fascination with the grape, but I'm sure it will change with the weather! Usually I really dig Cabs and bigger reds during this time of year but for some reason Pinot is doing it for me right now. I may be in need of a Napa trip pretty soon!

Michael Hughes said...

Nothing wrong with hitting the pinot. I love to drink it all the time for sure! I myself am jonesing for another trip to OR & WA.

Sook said...

I just wanted to thank you for visiting "my fabulous recipes" and leaving such a lovely comment. :) You have a lovely blog, too! I don't drink so I have no opinions on wines but it looks like you sure do! :)

Thomas said...

Thanks sook! Lovely to hear from you!

 
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