Very light red, almost rose. Lilac nose, dry, floral with a good acid component. Light body and fruit, very refreshing, clean with a light tart finish with some mineral notes. Good summer red, like a rose on steroids. 12% alc, so you can drink prodigious amounts, enjoy now.
When poured, this looks almost exactly like a traditional Willamette Valley Pinot Noir rose, but it's not. Beautiful aromas of tart cranberry and cherry, white pepper, and dusty soil all become apparent as the wine opens. It's light on its feet, with plenty of acidity to support the bright red fruit flavors. Supporting the fruit, I found more white pepper and earth tones, as well as some interesting baking spice too. Overall, an absolutely delicious, dangerously quaffable wine.
This fine-boned pinot noir speaks quietly in a true voice; it lacks nothing for expressiveness. Saline minerality is its hallmark, and it's nicely structured by slightly tart red-fruited acidity, a savory complexion, and reserved yet firm tannins. One of the better 2011 WV pinots I've tried.
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