A pair of Oregon Pinot Noir from the 2012 vintage
The effort involved in the final preparation of our current house for sale and the purchasing of our new house will continue to occupy all of my spare time for at least the next week. So please bear with me! In the mean time we recently tried two Oregon Pinot Noir from the 2012 vintage. This was a warmer than average vintage, particularly when compared to 2011. The 2012 White Rose Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley clearly needs time in the cellar. It remained firm over two nights and did not give up too much. The 2012 Lenne Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley reveals the warmth of the vintage with generous, complex fruit. It is a fun, fuller than nought, Oregon wine that should be in a great spot next winter. These wines were purchased at MacArthur Beverages.
2012 White Rose Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley – $35
This wine is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from multiple vineyards. The majority whole-cluster fruit was basked pressed then aged for 11 months in 10% new French oak. Alcohol 13.2%. The varietal aromas made way to a tart start with more obvious structure in the mouth. The wine remained firm with good acidity and very fine tannins. It became drier with youthful roughness in the finish. Needs time in the cellar. **(*) 2017-2022.
2012 Lenne Estate, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley – $37
This wine is a barrel selection of 100% Pinot Noir sourced from estate vineyards that was aged for one year in French oak barrels. Alcohol 14.1%. There were ripe, spiced aromas. In the mouth the ripe cherry fruit was underlaid by a developing and complex note of bitters. The flavors turned blacker with an attractive cola-like aspect that made for a spicy, complex, textured finish. The long finish made way to some vanilla notes in the aftertaste. ***(*) Now-2022.