Erath 2010 Reserve La Nuit Magique Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $65

By on February 3, 2013

Erath WineryThe name of this superpremium Pinot Noir from one of Oregon’s pioneer wineries translates to “The Magic Night,” which Erath winemaker Gary Horner describes as “the defining moment when one falls in love with Pinot Noir.” Horner puts a great deal of effort into this wine, selecting the top barrels each vintage for this blend. He used grapes from three vineyards, with more than half coming from Battle Creek, and the clones include primarily 667 (58%), along with equal parts 115 and Pommard. The result is a gorgeous wine with aromas of violets, raspberries, strawberry jam and sweet pipe tobacco. On the palate, it leads with a rich entry of Bing cherries, milk chocolate, moist earth, black truffles and a kiss of toasted almonds. The superior acidity and understated tannins provide all the structure necessary in this beautifully balanced Pinot Noir.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 209 cases

Alcohol: 13%


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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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