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Le Cadeau Vineyard 2015 Rocheux Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $50
The Pommard/Dijon clone 777 blending program for this 20-year-old vineyard targets the rockiest western section of Le Cadeau Vineyard. Tom and Deb Mortimer, who developed the Parrett Mountain planting, named their site for the French phrase meaning “the gift.” And yet, nothing was given to them during the early phase of their vineyard’s development. Jim Sanders continues to steer this block-driven project toward a dark purple-fruited profile, starting with a spectacular nose of plum, blueberry, dried cherry and mint. On the pour, there’s nice balance with ripe notes of black currant and cola, backed by plum-skin tannins that offer ample grip.
Production: 147 cases