2006 Auteur Hyland Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 291 cases, $45. This vineyard has some of the oldest vines in Oregon, dating to the early 1970s. The vineyard sits in the McMinnville foothills in the Van Duzer corridor. Pommard and Wädenswil clones planted in volcanic Jory and Nekia soils. 25% whole cluster, 10% saigné, native yeast fermentation, 50% new French cooperage. · Very dark reddish-purple color. Complex and enticing nose touting dark fruits, underbrush, oak toast, fresh-roast coffee, redwood and a touch of alcohol. This wine is infused with flavors of blackberries, black raspberries and plum. Rich and fruity, yet retaining admirable finesse, it shows off a slippery texture and comes together nicely for a very pleasurable drinking experience. Reviewed January 28, 2009

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