November 1, 2019
The Prince Departs

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

14.4% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.54, 68 cases, $65. Release November 2014. This block is mid slope in the vineyard. Clones are a selection of vines from the estate vineyard (Pommard, 667, 777, 113, 114 and 115) and grafted in the estate nursery. 4- day cold soak, indigenous and commercial yeast fermentation, aged 13 months in 30% new, 35% once-filled and 35% twice-filled French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is to die for, with bright aromas of fresh black cherries and spice. The most elegant and refined and most appealing of the block-designated wines. The fruit is dark red rather than black in profile and more juicy and uplifting. The balance is spot-on, the tannins are less daunting, and the dark red cherry finish is alluring. Score: 92. Reviewed December 11, 2014

Winery: Coeur de Terre Vineyard
From article: Recent Sips of Oregon Wines: Pinot Amore´