September 29, 2015

2010 Hyland Estates McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., pH 3.64, $35. Released May 31, 2012. From blocks 1, 3, 5 and 6 in the Hyland Vineyard, planted in 1971, 1979, 1984 and 1989 respectively in mainly volcanic Jory and Nekia soils. Clones are Coury, Wädenswil and Pommard. Harvest Brix 23.9º. Aged 18 months in 38% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple robe. Aromas of black cherries, spice, tea leaf and underbrush lead to an earth-kissed black cherry core with accents of black currant, plum and truffle. Silky and easy to drink with modest balanced tannins and a long and refreshing finish. Still pumping out the aromas and flavors the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed December 18, 2013

Winery: Hyland Estates
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir