Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

By on September 12, 2015

cooper-mountain-vineyards-pinot-noir-2012-bottleGilles de Domingo studied in Bordeaux and made wine around the globe before finding Oregon, first landing at King Estate before five years at Bridgeview. His work for Dr. Robert J. Gross grants him access to four Demeter-certified biodynamic vineyards, and the wine production follows that path — no inoculation of yeast and reduced additions of sulfur. This large-production Pinot Noir offers a nose of tar, leather, coffee and black currant, followed by rewarding flavors of red currant, pomegranate and Montmorency cherry. There’s an underlying darkness of Earl Grey tea and sous bois. At this stage, 1-2 hours of decanting are suggested before enjoying with savory dishes such as Mushroom Risotto or a slab of Musaka.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 3,200 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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