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 Vintage2008 Label 7 of 13 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
ProducerSineann (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardResonance Vineyard
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2017 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 36 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by chitowncdpguy on 2/21/2015: Really awesome. Red berry fruit, smoke, hints of christmas spice, and a bit earthy. Crisp acidity, and a bit airy. Medium length finish.

But not a great pairing with pork shoulder with peach sauce - a little jarring at the same time. (318 views)
 Tasted by Cantina Hill's on 4/29/2014 & rated 90 points: on openning fruit, strawberry, hint of cherry, rasberry, earth, new wood on nose, opened up to get more earth and mineral and fruit becam,e more mellow, vanilla, baking spices, moist earth, slight forrest floor, ,
low intensity of color, garnet, bright,rim goes towards brick,
med acid, med minus tnniins, med body to med minue, (1299 views)
 Tasted by Wine Nut on 4/12/2013 & rated 92 points: First of 6 bottles and I am very pleased with what I am tasting. Plum colored with a bouquet of sweet tobacco, rose petals and cherry before offering the taster a wine which is very silky with finely integrated tannins that give way to strawberries and licorice. The wine does fall a bit short in terms of its finish but I do believe this wine will provide at least another 5 years of drinking. (2106 views)
 Tasted by djdaqm on 1/13/2013 & rated 91 points: Drinking well now. Sweet cherries and ripe strawberries on the nose. Silky mouth feel with almost sweet full-bodied texture. Easy to drink, although not the most complex or interesting flavors. In general I would like a little more acidity to balance the fruit. Also, while it's drinking well now, I don't see it being a wine that will improve tremendously with age due to the lower acidity, tannins and overall structure. (2364 views)
 Tasted by Wine maestro on 10/26/2012 & rated 89 points: Tightly wound, broad shouldered red that is brawny and multi-faceted. Expressing enticing flavors of perfumed Damson plum, ripe blueberries
and black cherry wrapped up in chunky, gripping tannins. Earthy in the middle with a dash of grated nutmeg. Solid as it rolls into the oak drenched,
drying finish displaying cola and Columbian coffee beans. I'd prefer some more time in the bottle to let the pure fruit and the tannic structure
integrate further. (1442 views)
 Tasted by Gargamel on 8/29/2012 & rated 90 points: Very nice, but a bit simple. Smooth palate typical of Oregon style. The flavor profile was mainly concord grape. (2631 views)
 Tasted by chitowncdpguy on 8/26/2012: Beautiful. Cherry tobacco, smoke, earthy, hints of spice. Very long finish where the smokiness becomes prominent, but still not overdone. Fairly restrained on the nose. (2035 views)
 Tasted by GlenviewGSW on 7/12/2012 & rated 87 points: OK but not memorable. A somewhat short and lacking finish keeps this wine below average from a QPR perspective (2102 views)
 Tasted by BHP1994 on 4/8/2012 & rated 90 points: Delicious, but lacking the WOW I normally associate with the Resonance bottling. Just fell a little short this time. (1539 views)
 Tasted by naso on 12/31/2011 & rated 92 points: Excellent but could let it sit for a few years to mellow out (1646 views)
 Tasted by manonthemoon on 10/15/2011 & rated 90 points: Notes from day 2.
The dark red to purple in color.
Nose of black raspberry, floral, spice, a little mocha
Palate of black raspberry, strawberry, some florals, earth and spice.
The finish was average length and decent balance for a forward wine.
Overall the wine was a solid effort for a forward style pinot, could use a little more complexity at this point, but its still very young.
Drink or hold: 50+5+11+17+7 (2054 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 9/11/2011: Dark garnet colored. The nose showed red fruit and some oak spice. Full bodied. This delivered layered bursts of fruit on entry and really never let up. Mostly on the sweeter side with ripe cherry and strawberry, but a hint of tartness peeks in as well. The acid here takes a back seat and is never presented in a way that makes me call this refreshing, but it is bright and paired well with dinner. Tannins are present, somewhat drying on the finish.

What I liked is that it never got too heavy with air. It is a big, fruity version of Pinot Noir, but still food friendly and graceful. Served with marinated flank steak and redskin potatoes. (2207 views)
 Tasted by Mary Crawford on 8/10/2011 & rated 90 points: Beautiful red fruit nose that carries over to the taste. Surprising lack of secondary notes but delicious all the same. Good acid. Did not need decanting. (2186 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 5/22/2011: A night at Harvest Vine (Seattle, WA): Opened and slow ox'd for 45 minutes or so. Dark garnet color. Initially a pretty and clean nose showing floral notes, red raspberry and some spices. Full bodied and structured. Impressive structure actually especially the tannins. The fruit however, is way too much. A burst of black and red fruit and a manifestation of cherry cola. This might be interesting in a few years, and is a well made wine. (2843 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 5/21/2011 & rated 93 points: Drank with meat ravioli and palomino sauce. Aroma of strawberry and some cocoa. Taste is much darker fruit, with black cherry and blackberry coming out. Very juicy and fruit forward - not much in terms of secondary flavors, but it is still outstanding due to the vibrant fruit. (2649 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 12/17/2010 & rated 92 points: What a great buy. I think Spectator was almost on the money with this rich bottling.
Berry driven but showing excellent style and Old World qualities - funky earth, some nice smoke and spice.
Excellent mouth feel. Feminine and showing lots of precision and polish on the back end. Gorgeous finish.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED especially at this price point. Bring it OR Pinot! (3249 views)
 Tasted by BHP1994 on 7/3/2010 & rated 90 points: Really opened up after 30 minutes of air. Deep garnett color, dark plentiful fruit, good acid. (3808 views)
 Tasted by KPB on 4/14/2010 & rated 91 points: Medium ruby. Nose is remarkably clean; cherries and cola, spice, brioche. Medium bodied, with griottes and wild raspberries; nice acidity, perhaps a bit short on the finish. A rather nice pinot noir. (4039 views)
 Tasted by skinowdrinklater on 4/12/2010 & rated 93 points: Color is a translucent pink-ruby. Long, graceful and abrupt clear water band. Beautifully light and agile, with a nose of apple blossom, grapefruit, cotton candy, and smoky raspberry. Palate includes lavender and watermelon notes, tart red strawberry and raspberry, and a long, satisfying finish with nice acidity and the sweetness of fine aged balsamic. (4010 views)
 Tasted by chitowncdpguy on 2/3/2010: This is an outstanding wine. It has great balance with enough acidity to be great with food but not so much to be tough to drink by itself.
The nose is beautiful, all about earthiness with some black cherry and smokiness. More earthiness on the palate, with the fruit emerging and growing stronger on the lingering finish. There is a faint kind of stony minerality throughout the palate as well. Opened this early to determine whether to get more. Getting more. (4001 views)
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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Resonance Vineyard

(From Avalon Wine website)
The Resonance Vineyard is located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley on a south-facing hillside in Yamhill County, just west of Carlton. The vineyard is in the new Yamhill-Carlton District AVA. The Resonance Vineyard sits on a convex portion of a low, west-east oriented ridge emerging out of the Coast Range. The ridge is hook-shaped, wrapping around to the east. The much higher High Heaven Ridge protects the property from the south. Panther Creek flows through the valley created between High Heaven and Resonance. The Coast Range rises immediately to the west of the property, creating a formidable weather barrier. As a result, Resonance is protected from inclement weather and wind on all sides, making it a particularly warm, dry site.

Soils are primarily Willakenzie and Yamhill, but there are areas with virtually no top soil that can only be labeled as shale rock land. The Willakenzie and exposed shale are both old sedimentary deposits that begin at the bottom of the slope. The Yamhill is an ancient, submarine basaltic soil (much older than the more common, basalt-derived Jory and Nekia soils in the Dundee Hills). The Yamhill soil is found near the top of the slope and much of the crown is exposed, broken basalt bedrock.

The wet winters coupled with soils of sufficient water-holding capacity allow dry farming of vines. And the warm summers provide more than adequate heat to fully ripen the fruit. The growing season is very long (over 210 days) and dry which keeps disease and insect pressures at a minimum.

The entire vineyard is on a vertical, upright, shoot-positioned trellis (commonly called a VSP). Spacing on the oldest vines is 8 feet between rows and 6 feet between vines, leaving 908 vines per acre. The most recent plantings are set at 7.5 feet between rows and 5 feet between plants or 1162 vines per acre and 7.5 feet by 4 feet or 1452 vines per acre. All vines are cane pruned with very low head heights of 18-24." The trellis is 6.5 feet high allowing the canopy to grow as high as 7.5 feet before being hedged (which occurs only once). This allows for a large leaf area to accommodate adequate ripening even in cool vintages.

The coarse-grained, ancient marine sediments native to the area are the oldest soils in the valley. These soils drain quickly establishing a natural deficit-irrigation effect. Thus, the vines stop vegetative growth earlier here than elsewhere, leading to more complete ripening, even in cooler growing seasons. This allows Pinot noir to develop deep ruby colors and broad, silky tannins. The mouth-filling wines exude powerful fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry and black cherries complexed by minerality reminiscent of pipe tobacco, espresso, clove and dark chocolate and accented by scents of rose, violet, lavender and sweet wood smoke. These are alluring, complex, supple gems of Pinot noir to sip and savor.

The vineyard consists of 4 acres of Pommard Pinot noir, 2.5 acres of Pommard Pinot noir (grafted from Muller-Thurgau in 2000) and 1.5 acres of Gewurztraminer all originally planted in 1981, plus 3.5 acres of Wadensvil Pinot noir planted in 1987 and 2 acres of 777 Pinot noir (grafted from Pinot Gris) planted in 1995. An additional 6.5 acres of Pinot noir (evenly split between Wadensvil and Pommard clones) was planted in the spring of 2006.

Until June of 2003, Resonance was named Reed & Reynolds Vineyard. Reed is owner Kevin Chambers middle name, and has been the middle name of the first-born male of his family for several generations. Reynolds is Carla Chambers' maiden name. The Chambers felt the two names offered a pleasant and memorable alliteration, as well as designated their partnership and teamwork that created the vineyard. Nevertheless, after a protracted and expensive trademark battle with a California winery, the Chambers chose to change the name to Resonance.

Virtually all the vines are own-rooted. Of course, this leaves them at risk to phylloxera. But Biodynamic practices, a strong nutritional program and commitment to a diverse, healthy microbial community in the soil significantly mitigates the disease risk. The Chambers believe that plants should be grown on their own root systems rather than be grafted to other species' roots. They feel this leads to healthier plants, better drought tolerance and greater wine quality. A few grafted vines have been planted for experimental purposes, but the intent is to sustain an own-rooted vineyard. At 25 years of age in the oldest blocks, the vines are now yielding profoundly complex wines. It is the Chambers' intent to maintain this "old vine character" in the wines for as long as possible.


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