Chehalem Wines 2011 Corral Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $50

By on September 22, 2014

chehalem-corral-creek-vineyards-pinot-noir-2011-bottleFounding winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry and his winemaking daughter Wynne urge folks to show patience with this bottling from estate fruit, but it’s already drinking beautifully. Harvest came later than ever before for Chehalem, stretching into Nov. 7, and then it spent 10 months in French oak, so it features dark plum, strawberry jam and cherry juice aromas, backed by mocha, toasted walnut and black pepper. There’s finesse on the palate with stylish notes of Rainier cherry and strawberry/rhubarb compote, followed by red plum and pomegranate. Suggested fare includes chicken, pork, halibut or salmon.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 253 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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