Duck Pond Fries Family Cellars 25th Anniversary 2016 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $52

By on July 22, 2019

Last year, the Fries family sold their underrated Duck Pond brand to the Integrated Beverage Group, and this commemorative bottling of Pinot Noir showcases the work in the vineyards by then-owner Greg Fries and then-winemaker Trevor Chlanda. The Napa transplant compiled the best barrel from each of the family’s six Oregon vineyards – young Coles Valley in the Umpqua Valley and Willamette Valley sites Delaney, Hylo, St. Jory, Willow Creek and the Duck Pond Estate. While each barrel was new French oak, there’s barely a hint of toast. Instead, it takes more of a dark fruit punch approach as plum juice and cordial cherry notes are backed by a boysenberry finish. Here is another example of why the 2016 vintage will go down as an exemplary one.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 110 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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