Vidon Vineyard 2011 Brigita Clone 777, Chehalem Mountains, $50

By on June 8, 2015

vidon-vineyard-brigita-clone-777-nv-bottleDon Hagge turned his physics degree from Berkeley into a position with the Apollo space program, but his passion for Pinot Noir began took off about two decades after the project’s final mission. He grew up on a Midwest farm, and that dedication shows with the Salmon-Safe certification on his 15-year-old site in the hills above Newberg, Ore. Lovely aromas of crushed strawberry, cherry and purple lavender also offer a pinch of white pepper and allspice. Bright flavors of Rainier cherry and strawberry-rhubarb compote provide nice breadth across the palate, which features a bite of pomegranate and a finish of raspberries. Suggested pairings include Grilled Eggplant with Garlic Aioli, Flat Iron Steak with Honey Tomatillo Compote or pork loin stuffed with dried dates, figs and herbs.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 70 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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