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| ||Tasted by SeattlePaul on 7/12/2015 & rated 90 points: Lovely. (346 views)|
| ||Tasted by SeattlePaul on 9/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Still keeping on, previous tasting note holds true. (1019 views)|
| ||Tasted by SeattlePaul on 7/25/2013 & rated 91 points: This gem from 2005 is still showing quite well. Still has great structure, a nice balance of fruit and other components such as Strawberry and Vanilla. A nice old world terroir makes this one of my continual favorites. (1113 views)|
| ||Tasted by dpolivy on 2/8/2013 & rated 93 points: Vindredi (Bellevue, WA): Tasted blind. Earthy and full of mushrooms on the nose. Super soft and elegant with great concentration. Finishes with length and soft, fine tannins. Drinking very well right now! (1464 views)|
| ||Tasted by norsktorsk on 10/3/2012 & rated 91 points: Balanced, rich. Drinking well still. (1707 views)|
| ||Tasted by BobS on 3/4/2011 & rated 85 points: Poured both bottles ....... (2331 views)|
| ||Tasted by t_moderne on 12/27/2010 & rated 89 points: Did a pop and pour. Tasted this over about a 6 hour period. Put the glass stopper in and finished the next day. Dark color for a Sineann. A very earthy nose. Good fruit and structure; a tad bit of heat. Some dried black cherry and a hint of smoke along with the pine and mushroom backbone. This has a fair amount of depth and complexity to it. (1752 views)|
| ||Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 12/20/2010 & rated 92 points: 2005 Oregon Pinot review (Lou's): The group was a bit disappointed by this, I liked it far more. This wine usually wins these tastings, but not tonight. Purple in color with some ruby hues. Deep color. The nose has cherries, coffee grounds and spice. Very rich texture. Sweet fruit although softer on the palate. Complex. Shows some heat. This is faster maturing than most Resonance bottlings, but no hurry here IMO. (2362 views)|
| ||Tasted by manonthemoon on 3/31/2010 & rated 90 points: Notes from day 2. Dark red to purple in color. Nice nose of blueberry and ripe blackberry, damp earth, smoke, sweet oak. On the palate there was strong dark fruit with black cherry, blackc raspberry, mocha, smoke and tannin. The finish is above average in length, but the tannins are still going strong and need time to soften. A big pinot, but not hot. This improved a decent amount from day 1, good job Pete. Hold. 50+5+12+16+7 (1877 views)|
| ||Tasted by subtlet on 3/21/2009 & rated 88 points: The noise is kind of rich with hints of sweet earth and oak. The wine is a bit tannic and dark. Acidity plays at the sides of the palate, and there is a hint of velvet texture, but it's stuck behind the tannins at this point. The fruit is nice, but I think the wine needs a few more years to soften up a bit. (1954 views)|
| ||Tasted by winefool on 10/1/2008 & rated 93 points: Full red color with purple hues. Rich deep nose of briar purple fruit and a hint of sweet with lavendar floral notes - nice. Big mouthful of sweet liqueur black cherry on the palate. Nice balance for the level of ripeness and richness. Very nice ... 93-94 pts. (2050 views)|
| ||Tasted by PinotFan on 4/8/2008: WOW. I have been sitting on two of these, letting them age a while, since a visit to the winery in August of 06. My patience paid off. This wine is balanced, elegant and ready for the taking. I had all I could do to keep my hands off the last one. Good fruit and structure, paired well with the chicken I was a bit nervous serving it with. And was still showing the smooth mouthfeel, from my pop and pour, 2+ hours later. Drink up and you will be rewarded. (2316 views)|
| ||Tasted by omeloblues on 8/6/2007: Very balanced, elegant with black cherry. Nice finish, great earthy nose. Not a fruit bomb, very even thorughout. (2573 views)|
| ||Tasted by maxrev on 2/10/2007 & rated 91 points: very nice (2743 views)|
| ||Tasted by GreenDrazi on 11/23/2006 & rated 93 points: Decanted 3 hrís. Strong, vibrant nose of blackcherry and dark cherry with a touch of herbs and sandlewood. Deep blackberry and black cherry flavors with a touch of anise spice and faint earth notes lurking in the background along with some acidity. Has similar power and the great depth of the past couple of vintages, but is definitely more relaxed. Tremendous mouthfeel for a Pinot Noir, this is big and polished on the mid-palate and develops a velvet texture towards the back of the palate with additional spice on the long, full finish. I love the glass closure. (3022 views)|
| ||Tasted by swp3 on 10/28/2006 & rated 94 points: Decanted for better part of a day. Color is black-red and opaque. Smells like blueberries, grape candy, brown sugar, cloves, coffee and smoke. There's so much going on aroma-wise that you can hover over a glass for 10 minutes. Would never peg this for pinot in a blind tasting. Maybe Syrah, except there's no funk or earth or pepper. Flavors are deep waves of pure dark fruit. Great texture and structure beneath all the fruit. Finish is more dark fruit and warm spice and goes on and on. |
This is over- the-top wine but a blast to drink. It's not heavy handed and all the improbable flavors somehow fit together. I'll buy more if only for the experience of seeing how it evolves over time. It may deserve a higher score but I'm penalizing it for not tasting like pinot which is petty but I don't know what else to compare it to which makes a score especially difficult. (3168 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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