Garnet and heavy in the glass. Hot nose of candied cherry, currant, fig and slate. Full body and cocktail-like on the palate…basically tequila made with pinot noir. Stewed cherry, smoke, earth and spice. Long finish.
A worthy unabashed example of the ripe 2009 Willamette vintage, to which Lenne does not try to hide or manipulate the ripeness of the vintage.
I look to Oregon for Pinot Noir of higher acidity, lower fruit & alcohol, so 2009 isn't one of my favorite, but its been very popular with consumers, and certainly should not be overlooked.
Lenne has done an excellent job allowing the vintage to express itself. There is nothing wrong with this Pinot Noir, in fact most consumers will likely enjoy it far more than what a geek or sommelier would consider a vintage of the decade.
To The Eye: Brick, Ruby colored. Bright, clear. On The Nose: Black fruits, Black tea. Spice In The Mouth: Ripe red & black fruit. Notes of cranberry & Rhubard. Medium body, clean finish.
A Pinot I'd happily recommend to try, especially for fans of Russian River.
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