Fullerton Wines 2014 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $55

By on December 17, 2016

Moe Momtazi purchased his 540 acres in the McMinnville American Viticultural Area back in 1997, and the abandoned wheat ranch soon became one of the most important biodynamic vineyards in the Pacific Northwest wine industry. Alex Fullerton’s work with these 16 barrels — two of which were brand new French oak — includes a program of 25% whole cluster fermentation. The cooling influence of the Van Duzer Corridor also is showcased as aromas feature raspberry, cherry and cola with white pepper and anise. Inside, the brightness shines with flavors of Rainier cherry and Red Vines licorice, supported by lively boysenberry acidity and suave tannins. The Beaverton, Ore., tasting room is open by appointment, and the wines are sold in Washington, Idaho and Montana as well as Minnesota, Michigan, Texas and Tennessee.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 390 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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