Chehalem Pinot Noir
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Chehalem’s 2011 Pinot Noir Ridgecrest Vineyard brims with penetratingly-bright, tart-edged elderberry and piquant huckleberry, incorporating aromatic allusions to fresh and distilled red berries as well. At more than a third new wood, I don’t register any obvious influence or interference such as detected from the higher level in the corresponding Wind Ridge Block. A hint of salinity and brown spices adds appeal to the infectiously juicy finish of this Pinot bound to merit repeated attention through at least 2017. Wine Enthusiast 92 points (Dec 2013) Proving that exceptional wines can be (and were) made in this cool, light vintage, this estate-grown selection is both elegant and complex. Flavors of mixed wild berries, a streak of tea, a whiff of peach and compelling balance carry it through an extended finish. - Editor’s Choice Wine Spectator 92 points (Aug 14 2013) Peppery tannins add interest to the lithe core of cherry and cinnamon, with hints of caramel as the finish lingers enticingly. This has a nice lift of acidity, but finishes creamy and light. Best from 2015 through 2019.—H.S.View all products by Chehalem