2009 White Rose Estate Winemaker’s Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.70, 48 cases, $N/A. Jesus Guillen’s two favorite barrels in the cellar (Block 1 of White Rose Vineyard in Dundee Hills AVA and 1 barrel of Bell Road Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA). 60% whole cluster. 4-day cold soak, 7 days of post-maceration skin contact. Total 17 days of skin contact. Aged 15 months in 100% neutral French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely perfume of fresh black cherries, black raspberries, gingerbread and stunning spice. Moderately rich core of perfectly ripe black cherry flavor with hints of spice, vanilla cola and new oak. Veers slightly to the ripe side which is understandable in this warm vintage. Silky with enough well-honed tannin to age well but not so much that you can’t enjoy the wine now. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012

Winery: White Rose Estate
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