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2011 J.K. Carrier Gemini Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.66, 48 cases, $65. 20- year-old Scott Henry trained Pommard clone. Small lot wild yeast fermentations, aged 19 months in one-year and two-year French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in April 2013. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is shy initially, picking up interest and intensity over time in the glass. Aromas of cherries, pomegranate, spice, underbrush and oak make for an invigorating experience. Mid weight flavors of cherries and berries in a crisp, juicy style with muscular, imposing fine-grain tannins. Texturally alive with a savory herbal streak in the background and a long finish. Tasted the next day from a previously opened and decanted bottle, the wine had slowly evolved, but will still need a few years to integrate the tannins. Score: 91. Reviewed July 4, 2014

Winery: J.K. Carriere Wines
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