2016 Lemelson Thea's Selection Pinot Noir
Lately, if I saw a Pinot Noir at a party, I'd think..eh.., they are usually not my go to. They are expensive, for the good ones anyway, and probably no one is bringing an expensive Pinot to a party. The reason that they are more expensive basically is beause Pinot Noir can be a real pain to grow. It is a thin skinned grape, which means it needs to grow in an environment that is cool enough as not to burn the grapes and can ripen early enough to avoid the frost and possible rain/mildew that occurs. Land is more expensive with all these qualifications too. A wind swept vineyard helps to avoid the mildew developing, and the soil tends to be well drained, and in the case of Oregon have galets, which are bigger river rocks from an ancient river similar to Burgundy. A very tricky grape to work with.
Recently I decided to try a moderately priced Pinot Noir again, and I was pleasantly surprised. I tried the 2016 Lemelson Thea's Selection Pinot Noir. I liked it so much that I texted my fBnL that tasting this Pinot made me appreciate Pinot's again. (I've been a anti-Pinot kick thanks to Paul Giamani, not Merlot actually:)
The look of this Pinot is a bright red, but not ruby. Less clear that some PN-so no real bright highlights. This Pinot probably uses minor fining/filtering to keep the body fuller, and some more taste from the skins. The legs are thick and slow, developing into barometer looking legs that are bulbous at the bottom as they run down the glass. At 13.8% abv you'd think the legs would be faster running, but this is so surprising that is has slower legs. I am thinking it's from the lesser filtration.
This wine hails from 7 different organic vineyards that are all within the Willamette AVA. The wine has a bright smell of cherry cola, passionflower, dusty red clay, fresh tobacco, and light cocoa.
The taste is a fresh cherry tart with cinnamon and baking chocolate. With these last two elements, I'm thinking more French or Hungarian oak is used. The wine has good acidity, so it would be great paired with food, but the barrel aging tends to tone acidity down a bit so you can enjoy it with a friend on your porch as well.
Pick up this vegan wine for 26.99 at Waterfront Wine and Spirits. Cheers!