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2005 Dr. Loosen & J. Christopher “Appassionata” Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

This wine is a collaboration between Ernst Loosen and Jay Somers, owner of J. Christopher Wines in Oregon. The two met some years ago at the International Pinot Noir Celebration. This wine is a barrel selection of several different clones including Wädenswil, Pommard, and Dijon 114, 115. The wine spent 20 months in 30% new French oak barriques. Production was 99 cases. The wines has not been released because it has not reached its peak maturity. The long term plan for “Appassionata” is to secure vineyard contracts or leaseholds so that Jay and Ernst can have better control of viticulture. With the 2007 harvest, the first such dedicated parcel, in the Bella Vida vineyard, was contracted and more will follow in 2008. · Very New World with a dark purple color. Rich, deep black cherry scents leading to substantial dark fruit intensity, extended tannins and a long, dry finish. Reviewed March 23, 2008

Winery: Appassionata
From article: Prince’s Excellent Adventure at WOPN