2012 Coeur de Terre Vineyard Estate Sarah Jane’s Block Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.54, 87 cases, $65. Release November 2014. Sarah Jane’s Block was the second estate block planted. Traditional Willakenzie soils. Clones are Pommard, 667, 777, 113, 114, and 115. 4-day cold soak, indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation, aged 13 months in 40% new, 30% oncefilled and 30% twice-filled French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Inky dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of blackberry jam, fennel, and conifer. A full-bodied, very savory, earthy wine featuring black fruit and black tea flavors. Juicy and trim with the savory component adding interest. The daunting tannins tend to swallow up the luscious fruit. More like Syrah than Pinot. Score: 89-90. Reviewed December 11, 2014

Winery: Coeur de Terre Vineyard
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