Stangeland Vineyards 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $70

By on March 16, 2015

stangeland-vineyards-estate-reserve-pinot-noir-2012-labelLarry Miller began planting his site near Salem, Ore.,  in 1978, starting with Wadenswil cuttings from “Papa Pinot” — the late David Lett — and the 4-acre parcel stands as one of the most venerable in the Eola-Amity Hills. He named the vineyard as a tribute to his mother using a Norwegian term for “strong land,” and this bottling has emerged as one of the most expressive and critically acclaimed of the vintage from this north Williamette Valley sub-app. The barrels announce themselves early with aromas of cocoa powder and nutmeg among hints of ripe plum, blueberry, pomegranate and blueberry, joined by a pinch of leaf and fresh leather. Its rich entry to the palate brings fresh Marionberry and sweet blueberry juice, followed by a dark edge of chocolate and black licorice. Rich blueberry skin tannins add structure while good acidity brings freshness, and there’s a fascinating herbal character in the finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 196 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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