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After 16 years at Stags Leap Vineyard in the Napa Valley, winemaker Robert Brittan returned to Oregon to craft Pinot Noir under his own label (Brittan Vineyard), for Mo Ayoub at Ayoub Vineyard in the Dundee Hills, and Winderlea, also in the Dundee Hills.
The Ayoub Vineyard is 4 acres planted in 2001 in Jory soils with clones 667, 777, 114, 115 and Pommard 4.
Ayoub Pinot Noir is produced in small quantities (400 cases) and is sold online with limited retail distribution.
2010 Ayoub Murto Vineyard Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.1% alc., $49. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose starts out with lovely aromas of cherries and balsam, then evolves over time to reveal very ripe fruit aromas including raisin and becomes somewhat pungent. The light weight core of darker cherries and berries has substantial structural bones and an appealing lift of acidity on the lengthy finish. Much better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing resolution of the pungency, more intense fruit expression and becoming overall more enjoyable. Good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 Ayoub Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $50, heavy bottle, wax closure. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Very seductive aromas of oak-kissed black cherries and dried rose petals. Middleweight charge of black cherry fruit with a citrus underbelly. Seamless and elegant, with good clarity of fruit and very accommodating tannins. Still appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. A bright, crisp, light offering that mirrors the vintage quite well. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2012 ARTICLE »