Red

2005 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • Oregon
  • Willamette Valley
  • Dundee Hills
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Community Tasting Notes 118

  • pjhr Likes this wine: 94 points

    July 15, 2022 - Continues to age beautifully! Delicate floral and red berry aromas and flavors with pine needles and mineral notes on the palate with delicious savory notes and acidity on the long finish.

  • Jack Cranley Likes this wine: 100 points

    January 14, 2022 - Enjoyed This bottle off the list at Earth and Sea restaurant in Carlton Oregon.

    Our experience with this bottle was nothing short of transcendental. An absolute pinnacle achievement of Oregon terroir. This wine closes in on the concept of perfection in the way that it truly expresses the time and place from which it came with flawless balance and subtle assertion.

    There were murmurs across the table of, "best Oregon Pinot Noir I've ever had" and even, "perhaps the best single wine I've ever had." Whether the latter is accurate or not really becomes irrelevant at this level of experience. Because once you've arrived at this echelon of wine, there's only slight variance on how much or why you enjoy it. Sometimes the set and setting comes into play. To be sure, we were having a delightful dinner and celebrating my birthday, so spirits were high. But I'm not easily blown away anymore, and I don't have a general penchant for hyperbole. No matter what, this bottle of wine ranked among the finest and most memorable experiences of my life, and that is just the facts. I'm a better and more refined person for having experienced it!

    Unfortunately I was so engrossed in the moment, that I neglected to take detailed tasting notes. Well, perhaps that's for the better anyways. What I do remember is layer upon layer of unfolding complexities unfurling from the glass like a lotus flower on a time-lapse. Everything a Pinot lover hopes for in an aged bottle can be found here. Red fruit, blue fruit, baking spice, herbal notes, floral overtones, earthy components, a kiss of barnyard, a substrate of mushroom, a matting of pine needles and forest twigs, all wrapped up in a silky smooth and deftly balanced structure. Finally, leading to the kind of finish that seems to crescendo even after the wine is gone from the palate and lingers in a way that seems to echo like music of the spheres, gently into infinity.

    What a wine. I hope you, dear reader, can experience this one like I did. Therein you will find the muse you seek!

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  • AllRed wrote: 94 points

    October 29, 2021 - I double decanted this off its sediment and then removed the cork and allowed this to breathe once we arrived at the restaurant. By the time we poured our first glasses I'd guess it had been about 3.5 hours since the cork was first pulled. It definitely needed the time to open up and breathe, gently. Aromas of cherry, tea leaf, rose hip and sous bois. Flavors of cherry, earth, licorice, mineral, spice and black cherry. Lingering finish. Still has great acidity- this is perfect at the supper table. 94+ pts.

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  • acyso wrote: 93 points

    July 10, 2021 - Initially there is a hit of bright red fruit on the nose with its freshness tempered by earthy tones underneath. More high-toned than your typical Burgundy but undeniably pinot anyway. Eventually, the nose is dominated by an sweet and sappy core of ripe raspberries. The palate still has a little bit of dissolved carbon dioxide; a vigorous shake gets rid of that promptly. Similar to the nose, there are flavours of sweet red fruits followed by earthy tones afterwards. The intensity and length is less than what you might expect from the ripe fruit. Acid-dominated finish.

  • galewskj wrote: 94 points

    May 23, 2021 - Single Blind Burgundy vs Oregon (Ciao Bella): Savory cherry, forest floor, rich earth, a bit of an acidic tweak on the palate that was quite unique.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type Red
  • Producer Thomas
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Oregon
  • SubRegion Willamette Valley
  • Appellation Dundee Hills

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (0%)
  • In Cellars 524 (46%)
  • Consumed 610 (54%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Great match with NY strip steak with blackened green beans and oven roasted cauliflower in olive oil.

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