2011 White Rose Estate Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., pH 3.66, 583 cases, $40. A blend of 4 vineyards (White Rose Estate 32%, Vista Hills 32%, Marsh 24% and Luciole 12%) in three different Willamette Valley sub-appellations, both old and young vines, sedimentary and volcanic soils. Clones are Pommard and Dijon 777, 115, 114 and 667. 80% whole cluster on average. Aged 11 months in 10% new French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Pleasing aromas of cherry pie and exotic whole cluster spice. Elegant, yet flavorful, featuring cherry fruit, whole cluster spice and a tangy, citrusdriven brisk finish. The dry tannins are slightly foreboding, and the wine lacks finishing length, but it remains quite inviting and I would be happy to drink this every day. An excellent introduction to the White Rose Estate style. Score: 89. Reviewed October 27, 2013

Winery: White Rose Estate
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Wines