Friday, May 13, 2011
2007 Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
The color of this wine is just starting to change from its normal brimming red color, to a lighter shade of red that is quite translucent all the way through to the core. The edges are turning to an almost rosé type color, which is quite normal and just indicates that the wine has been in bottle for 4 years.
On the nose I get some really pretty aromas of cherry, red raspberry, rhubarb, mineral, and subtle hints of baking spice. This is textbook cool weather pinot noir and has all the complexity and mineral character of a classic Burgundy, but is just kissed with enough fruit to make it regionally specific to the Willamette Valley.
On the palate this wine is soft and elegant and shows some tart cherry flavors that combine with hints of red raspberry, cranberry, and crushed stones. The wine doesn't have an enormous amount of luscious or round fruit, but it's a style that will appeal more to the "old world" wine enthusiast. It's a graceful and very penetrating style of wine that relies on it's purity and ethereal qualities. 90 points
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