Fullerton Wines 2013 Five Faces Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $33

By on December 26, 2015

fullerton-wines-five-faces-pinot-noir-2013-bottleThis smaller-production Pinot Noir by the Fullertons is an acronym of the five family members – Filip, Alex, Caroline, Eric and Susanne – but it is Alex at center stage. The Oregon State University grad spent time at Bergström and Penner-Ash in preparation for becoming the winemaker at his folks’ Beaverton winery. His assemblage from Abiqua Retreat, Croft, Keleri and Momtazi vineyards creates aromas of ripe raspberry, black currant and cherry with baking spice, forest floor earthiness, juniper, saddle leather and mint. On the fruit-forward palate, there’s juiciness with red cherry and Craisins, backed by blueberry skin tannins, pomegranate acidity and a pinch of nutmeg. Suggested pairings include cedar-planked salmon and wild-foraged mushroom bruschetta.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 410 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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