A vintage that was immediately hailed as historic allowed grower/winemaker Don Hagee to bring in these lots of Pommard, 115 and 777 on Oct. 2. It serves as one of four expressions from decade-old Pinot Noir vines that Vidon has released from the 2012 vintage, and it’s the Newberg winery’s largest bottling. Spicy oak creates an aromatic profile of cherries, root beer extract, cola and bay leaf. There’s some hedonism on the palate with ripe cherry and Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer Candy flavors within a somewhat viscous mouth feel, and that transitions into a structure of mild tannins and pleasant cranberry acidity. Suggested pairings include grilled halibut with pink peppercorn crust or a watermelon, basil and feta salad including mint and served with balsamic vinegar.
Production: 665 cases