Van Duzer Vineyards 2012 Dijon Blocks Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55

By on June 12, 2015

Van Duzer Vineyards-2012-Dijon Blocks Pinot Noir BottleBurgundy native winemaker Florent Merlier shows a flair with this blend of five Pinot Noir clones —  Dijon 777, 115, 114, 113 and 667 — which work in concert with each other beautifully. It starts with fruit-forward aromas of cherry pie filling, dusty blueberry, watermelon, pomegranate and smoked white pepper. A smooth entry of ripe strawberry and Rainier cherry builds into mouthfilling, yet sandy tannins that cruise into a smooth finish of vanilla extract. That tannin structure and extraction from 50% new French oak over 10 months, backed by all that fruitiness, makes this a Cab drinker’s Pinot Noir.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 195 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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