Denison Cellars 2011 Tête de Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $48

By on November 1, 2014

Denison Cellars-tete-de-Cuvee-Pinot-Noir-Willamette Valley-2011-BottleTim Wilson didn’t produce a Kiff Vineyard bottling from this cool vintage, but he harvested it on Nov. 4 to play a significant role in this blend with the Johnson Ridge fruit taken a week earlier for the McMinnville, Ore., winery. Eleven months in French barrels makes for aromas of red currant jam, black cherry, plum and Chinese five-spice powder, followed by black currant, plum juice and ripe cherry flavors. Pleasing acidity will make this a tasty fit with trout, mushroom risotto and artisan pizza.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 48 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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