2006 Auteur Hyland Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 291 cases, $45. This vineyard has some of the oldest vines in Oregon, dating to the early 1970s. The vineyard sits in the McMinnville foothills in the Van Duzer corridor. Pommard and W√§denswil clones planted in volcanic Jory and Nekia soils. 25% whole cluster, 10% saign√©, native yeast fermentation, 50% new French cooperage. · Very dark reddish-purple color. Complex and enticing nose touting dark fruits, underbrush, oak toast, fresh-roast coffee, redwood and a touch of alcohol. This wine is infused with flavors of blackberries, black raspberries and plum. Rich and fruity, yet retaining admirable finesse, it shows off a slippery texture and comes together nicely for a very pleasurable drinking experience. Reviewed January 28, 2009

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