Le Cadeau Vineyard 2015 Rocheux Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50

By on December 23, 2017

The Pommard/Dijon clone 777 blending program for this 20-year-old vineyard targets the rockiest western section of Le Cadeau Vineyard. Tom and Deb Mortimer, who developed the Parrett Mountain planting, named their site for the French phrase meaning “the gift.” And yet, nothing was given to them during the early phase of their vineyard’s development. Jim Sanders continues to steer this block-driven project toward a dark purple-fruited profile, starting with a spectacular nose of plum, blueberry, dried cherry and mint. On the pour, there’s nice balance with ripe notes of black currant and cola, backed by plum-skin tannins that offer ample grip.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 147 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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