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

12.5% alc., pH 3.65, 146 cases, $65. Dijon 777 clone planted in Willakenzie soil. Small lot wild yeast fermentations, aged 19 months in one new, one one-year, one two-year and one older French oak barrel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in April 2013. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose picks up steam over time in the glass offering aromas of black cherry and black raspberry fruits. The pedigreed fruit is impressive, featuring layers of discovery including black raspberry, blueberry, pomegranate, and spice. The fruit is still compressed in firm tannins and will need a few years in the cellar to be more giving. Tasted the next day from a previously opened and decanted bottle, the wine was slightly more integrated and pleasing. Score: 92. Reviewed July 4, 2014

Winery: J.K. Carriere Wines
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