27. Adelsheim Vineyard 2011 Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55
This vintage marked Dave Paige’s 10th anniversary as winemaker for David Adelsheim’s historic brand, and here’s a stunning effort with the Oregon winery’s most recognizable bottling. The top barrels from nine vineyards factor into this annual tribute to the Adelsheims’ only child, and nearly 70 percent of those lots are off nearby Chehalem Mountains estate sites Ribbon Springs, Boulder Bluff, Bryan Creek and Calkins Lane. Picking for these lots in 2011 didn’t end until Nov. 2, which explains the intense and inviting red fruit aromas of black currant, strawberry and fresh cherry juice, with hints of crushed leaf adding complexity. The drink is elegant and supple with flavors of raspberry, red cherry and strawberry. There’s a smoothness to tannin structure, backed by integrated acidity. A touch of vanilla cream adds to the length. Adelsheim Vineyard wines, which are widely distributed throughout the U.S., are now available in Canada via Mark Anthony Brands, a sister company of the iconic Mission Hill Family Estate.
Production: 2,312 cases