2011 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Abby’s Block McMinnville Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $65. Planted in 1999 to 9 clones and is the mother block for the rest of the vineyard plantings. · Moderately dark reddish purple hue in the glass. Rich, sumptuous nose offering an array of darker red and black stone and berry fruits with a touch of oak-driven aromas of dark chocolate and molasses. A full mouthful of well-ripened black cherry and dark berry fruit backed by prominent fine-grain tannins that keep the fruit in line. The most sap in the lineup with a generous fruit-driven finish. A little one-dimensional now, but has special potential, and will benefit from a year or two in the cellar. Score: 91. Reviewed July 6, 2014

Winery: Coeur de Terre Vineyard
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