Angela Estate 2012 Abbott Claim Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $60

By on November 18, 2014

angela-estate-abbott-claim-pinot-noir-2012-bottleThe Beck family lives in Kentucky, but they wisely hired Carlton’s Ken Wright — arguably the most acclaimed among the second wave of winemakers to flee California in the pursuit of world-class Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. Abbott Claim is a 16-acre vineyard nearby Wright’s Savannah Ridge Vineyard, and this is created with fruit off Pommard, 777 and 115 clones. It’s rather Old World with its approach of black truffle, smoked cherry, cranberry and aromas, backed by cured meat and saddle leather. The drink carries that theme, backed by black currant and raspberry, rose petals, chocolate, allspice and pine resin, framed by restrained tannins and good acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,340 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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