2012 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Curmudgeon Cuvée Armstrong Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • Oregon
  • Willamette Valley
  • Ribbon Ridge
Drink between 2016 - 2021 (Edit)
CT99.7 36 reviews
Label borrowed from 2013
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Community Tasting Notes 35

  • rnellans wrote: 92 points

    June 3, 2019 - Initially I didn’t like the wine. It had a funny ester chemical aroma. Palate was Good from the get go. The second day the wine blossomed. Deep dark cherry nose with some spice. Full and ric. Balanced! Very nice. Lahould last several more years

  • Todd French wrote:

    May 6, 2019 - What a transformation! Upon opening, this smelled faintly of communion wine, and a bit hot. First sample on the palate reflected similar disappointment - just hot, barely any discernible fruit at all. I figured it must be a flawed bottle. 15 minutes later I went back as I wouldn't want to waste this wine, a homage to the late Bob Wood, as that's how he would have wanted it...needless to say it was merely sleeping and has awoken in a big way. Pine needles, fresh soil, and red berries dominate the nose - a fresh and vibrant presentation. The palate simply explodes with fruit of perfect sweetness - sweet upon initial attack, but immediately converting to a more spicy, controlled dark berry component, so as not to be at all jammy or syrupy in the fruit profile. Acidic backbone drives that fruit bite, and that blast of sweetness that so quickly fades is really an attractive quality to this wine, as it seems to introduce greater complexity, much like a nose that loads you with so many individual components you hasten to taste the wine. This wine is not as complex on the nose (at least not yet) but super complex on the palate, and a great wine.

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  • S1 Likes this wine: 100 points

    November 20, 2017 - Compared to previous bottles, the red fruit has become a bit darker and deeper, but still quite tart (cranberry and cherry dominant). There is also a green, summer briar bush component which, combined with the acidity, helps the wine taste young and fresh. Some earthy notes and hints of Indian spices have begun to emerge but this baby could still use time.

  • J @ y H @ c k Likes this wine:

    November 19, 2017 - From magnum. Wonder if we get $10 instead of $5 on the charity challenge because it was a magnum. With the cooking crew at the Kol Ami Thanksgiving Banquet for the family homeless shelter. Opening a Curmudgeon Cuvee just seemed appropriate in light of my personal reputation among the leadership and administration when they get in my way.

    It was 10:30 am, which means it was noon in the Maritime provinces, so it was time to pop and pour. The color seemed a bit more advanced than I would have expected from a 5 year old magnum. Light in color with perhaps a very light browning tint, but it might have been the lighting. Palate is nice and balanced, with a hint of red fruit. Acidity seems a bit light compared to the Patricia Green and the Hospices Volnay we opened later in the morning, but not flabby. It was crisp but not tart, which is a good thing. Considering that it was a pinot, it was pretty good. Nice way to kick off the morning.

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  • dsgris Likes this wine:

    May 17, 2017 - Medium dark ruby with a red berry nose. Dry, tart red fruit, red currants and rhubarb with some sour tannins. Lively and fresh with the acid dominant. Not too impressed on the first two night, but night three started to get really good in a restrained fashion. Some cola along with forest notes of balsam and pine. I know we are all supposed to give 100 pts in deference to Bob's memory, but he was a tell it like it is guy, so 91-92 if you like a little bitter cane tannins.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    July/August 2014, IWC Issue #175 (link)

    (Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard Curmudgeon Cuvee Ribbon Ridge) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Seven of Hearts
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation Curmudgeon Cuvée
  • Vineyard Armstrong Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Oregon
  • SubRegion Willamette Valley
  • Appellation Ribbon Ridge

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 147 (53%)
  • Consumed 130 (46%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Baked ham, Pork loin roast, Potatoes au gratin

Who Likes This Wine

95% Like It  22 votes

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