2008 Anam Cara Cellars Mark III Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 50 cases, $60. The antithesis of Heather’s: as big and rich as could be crafted using the boldest clones from the Reserve rows and barrels and the highest percentage of new oak (67%). 777 (67%) and Pommard (33%). Named for the owners’ son Mark, with the Roman numerals indicating the wine’s place in the series. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. A metrosexual wine that is not as big and muscled as past vintages offering a lovely core of darker fruit hidden presently by the oak-derived aroma and flavor of coffee. Like the other Anam Cara Pinot Noirs in 2008, the texture is all silk and satin. This wine needs a few years in bottle to come together and integrate the oak, but I suspect it will always be at least modestly oaky. Good. Reviewed August 13, 2011

Winery: Anam Cara Cellars
From article: Not Too Late For Oregon ’08