2012 Airlie Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., pH 3.42, TA 0.71, 663 cases, $25. Dunn Forest (58%) and BeckenRidge (42%) vineyards. Harvest Brix 22.1ยบ. Pommard, 115, 667 and 777 clones. 100% dep--stemmed, 4-day cold soak, inoculated yeast fermentation, inoculated for malolactic fermentation and aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 5% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Gold at the Oregon Wine Awards in 2015. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very savory nose featuring aromas of forest floor, pine needle, and spice with a hint of dark fruits. A fruit grenade with copious layers of purple and black fruits with an underpinning of pine sap and spice. The firm tannins are well matched to the prodigious fruit sap. A lot going on in this wine, but it is the savory vibe I like most. Score: 92. Reviewed January 17, 2016

Winery: Airlie Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Oregon Pinot Noir