2012 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.58, 2,386 cases, $60. This wine has been produced in 29 vintages and is consistent in style. The name was first used in 1986 to designate a blend of the best barrels in the cellar. From 1987 to 1999 it was designated a single vineyard wine, but in 2000 returned to a barrel selection.Aged in small, medium-toast French oak barrels, 31% new. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with bright aromas of cherry syrup, macerated strawberries and a gift of oak. Intense on the attack with an expanding presence of fresh cherry fruit in the mouth, lasting with boundless energy on the citrus-infused cherry finish that is memorable. A special wine with sturdy, but soft tannins, and admirable balance. Score: 92. Reviewed September 29, 2015

Winery: Adelsheim Vineyard
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