Union Wine Co. 2013 Alchemist Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

By on August 28, 2015

Union Wine Co.-2013-Alchemist Pinot NoirThe gradual rise of Ryan Harms within the Oregon wine industry has made his Union Wine Company the fourth-largest producer in the state, and he’s done that largely on the shoulders of his successful and accessible entry-level Underwood brand. Meanwhile, his Alchemist Pinot Noir has captured our top rating from both cool vintages (2011) and warmer ones such as this. Here, the Willamette Valley-focused blend of Carabella (40%), Roe & Roe (33%) and Hawks View vineyards opens with a nose that immediately shows balance with fruit and barrel by hinting at bright notes of Queen Anne cherry, cranberry, red currant and boysenberry, backed by light toast. Its well-structured palate presents a succulent entry of Montmorency cherry and pomegranate, leading to a round and luscious finish of black cherry and vanilla cream.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 375 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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