Aubichon Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

By on February 12, 2016

Aubichon Cellars Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley bottleOwner/winemaker Jim Sanders and co-owner/grower Tom Mortimer of Le Cadeau Vineyard launched their collaboration with the 2007 vintage, and their recently released lineup from 2013 ranks among their best. At one point, this was the second label to Mortimer’s Le Cadeau program, but the recent launch of the entry-level Joleté Wines brand places Aubichon in the middle tier. Yet, this blend of fruit from the Chehalem Mountains and Ribbon Ridge in the hands of Sanders, who apprenticed at Beaux Frères, is first-rate. Its balanced nose of sweet oak, black cherry, blackberry and violets leads to a smooth entry of red currant and cherry. Light tannins and a trickle of blood orange acidity make for a long and velvety mouth feel that finishes with trail of strawberry and blackcap raspberry. A simply beautiful Pinot Noir.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 191 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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