The relationship between Stangeland Vineyards owner Larry Miller and grower Ed Greenwood goes back more than 30 years, yet Miller’s single-vineyard, Pommard clone Pinot Noir comes from vines replanted about a decade ago after Greenwood’s site fell victim to phylloxera. The replant appears to have taken hold nicely, offering Stangeland 2.24 tons on 2 acres after the Oct. 8 pick at 24 Brix. Its complex nose offers hints of plum, strawberry jam and Hawaiian Fruit Punch with barrel spice, white chocolate and crushed herb. It’s fruit-forward and brimming with juicy flavors of Marionberry and black cherry, finished by raspberry acidity and balanced tannins. Suggested pairings include rack of lamb, roasted pork loin or barbecued ribs. None of Miller’s distributors handle his higher-end wines, so they are available only via the winery.
Production: 145 cases