Really wonderful right now. PnP, opened up beautifully over 3-4 hours. 1 hr decant wouldn't hurt. My typical OR notes of forest floor, leather, muted but present berry fruit, but also some secondary notes of rose/florals. Med/long finish, balanced acidity.
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In the wake of Parker passing his domestic torch to Antonio Galloni, I ask the age-old question that has caused me heaps of trouble in the past: does American terroir exist in wine?
Usually, when I present this question, it ruffles the feathers of many - especially a cavalcade of new-school winemakers and their disciples that send me pages of data and examples that they believe showcase exactly what our great nation has to offer the wine world. Nine times out of ten, the data I receive furthers nothing. Occasionally, it bares repeating like a skip on a White Stripes LP (Rhys, as an example).
In this case, the case for terroir in our country may be best understood by tasting a wine that’s been highly anticipated from an exuberant vintage that gave most of the winemakers in Oregon material of a very high order. When confronted with something ripe, succulent and delicious (right off the vine), it is tempting to allow the sugar and texture to seduce (especially with Pinot Noir) - it is far more difficult to showcase that near-perfect fruit in an understated, showcase of terroir that gives first pass to subtlety while allowing the echo of the grand material to weave its complex dimension in the background.
Enter the 2008 Scott Paul La Paulée Pinot Noir, a wine that defines terroir without exaggeration.
Scott Wright (Scott Paul): “Every year in the cellar there are certain lots of wine that simply jump out at you with their intensity of flavors, multiple layers of complexity, and superior length. These are the lots that comprise the La Paulée bottling. Rather than pre-determine which vineyards or blocks this wine will come from year-to-year, we would rather select the best of what the vintage has given us, and craft the best wine we possibly can.”
Indeed he has.
I don’t have my Burghound database but (if I recall) this wine was among Allen’s highest rated examples ever from Oregon (certainly the highest rated/lowest priced) and it’s not a surprise – the 2008 La Paulée has actual presence on a low-alcohol frame (13.0?) with a spindle of stone, skins, nuanced fruit and fiber that asks the taster as many questions as it answers.
Is it still delicious despite its restraint? Yes. Is it ripe and full-fruited from the top vintage? Yes, but it is also varietal and balanced without any excess weight, glycerin or other.
It is Pinot Noir, from American terroir and that pleases this taster without further explanation.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for literal, precise and unobstructed expression of the painter’s palette in a vintage that tends toward the sweet (and too succulent)...
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