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2011 Adelsheim Nicholas Pinot Noir

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Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

91Vinous / IWC

Sexy, high-pitched aromas of red berries, rose oil and Asian spices, with notes of cola and woodsmoke adding complexity. Smooth and seamless on the palate, with its flavors of sappy black raspberry and spicecake and an undercurrent of smoky herbs. Closes with very good clarity and cut, leaving smoky red fruit notes behind.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Nuanced aromatics showing woodsiness (not oak wood but forest-like notes), mixed spices, Christmas fruits, and fine peppery notes. A combination of delicacy and power with plenty of concentration and length. Quite subtle and ethereal with fine, firm tannins, and persistent acidity.

REGION

United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Chehalem Mountains

Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1983, and it is the oldest appellation in Oregon. Oregon’s modern wine industry began in the Willamette Valley in the 1960s when artists, vagabond winemakers, and U.C. Davis oenology graduates looking for new territory started their own, small, off-the-grid wineries. The appellation is the state’s largest, and it extends 175 miles from Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border to just south of Eugene, near central Oregon. The Willamette River runs through the area, helping to give the appellation a mild year-round climate. There are six smaller sub-appellations within this AVA, but altogether the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in Oregon, as well as the majority of the state’s most famous producers. Pinot Noir is king here, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. To most admirers of Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley offers the most distinctive wine choices in the state.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.