2009 Rex Hill Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.54, 369 cases, retail $48, available at $34.99. The best fruit and ensuing wines from prized vineyard sources around Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Jacob-Hart, Sims, La Colina and Roserock). Aged 11 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Bright and fruity on the nose out of the gate offering aromas of very ripe dark fruits. Middleweight core of black plum, black raspberry and blackberry flavors with a complimentary hint of spice and oak. Silky on the palate with well-honed tannins and some length on the finish. A fruit-driven wine that veers to over ripeness (especially evident the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle), but will appeal to those who welcome this flavor profile. Good. Reviewed May 11, 2012

Winery: Rex Hill
From article: Large Review of 2009 & 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs With a Few from 2008 & 2011