Angela Estate 2012 Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $48

By on November 27, 2014

angela-estate-pinot-noir-nv-bottleSouth African vintner Antony Beck of Graham Beck Wines collaborates with Ken Wright on this brand named for Beck’s wife, and this is the flagship production from this Dundee, Ore., brand. Wright’s knowledge of Yamhill-Carlton fruit shows with production that draws from Clawson Creek Vineyard for blend of Wädenswil (47%) 42% Dijon 777 (42%) and Dijon 115. The program of 30% new French oak comes across as aromas of clove and toasted black walnut, which are joined by black cherry, roasted meat and crushed herbs. Its structure is assertive yet attractive with flavors of black currant, pomegranate and bittersweet chocolate. That tannin structure should pair nicely with Duck Confit or prime rib.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,840 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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