August 27, 2019
The Prince Departs

2014 Coeur de Terre Renelle’s Block Reserve Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.64, TA 0.59, RS 0 g/L, 82 cases, $65. Harvest Brix 24.4º. This is the original block planted at Coeur de Terre in 1999 and has been farmed organically since its inception. It is the mother block supplying cuttings for all the other blocks in the Estate Vineyard. Due south exposure with sedimentary soils that have a high clay component on the south side, to a more sandy composition on the upper end. Yield 2.6 tons per acre. · Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Oak dominated nose and palate upon opening, but the oak infusion dissipates soon in the glass. Aromas of blackberry, peppery spice and vanilla lid to a mid weighted wine that is soft in the mouth with firm but balanced tannins. Complex and interesting, with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, mushroom, earth and a brush of spice. A lot going on in this wine that comes together beautifully and exudes charm over time in the glass. Score: 93. Reviewed May 7, 2017

Winery: Coeur de Terre Vineyard
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir