Gordon Root planned to dedicate all of this property for the construction of high-end homes a few hundred yards from Lake Oswego Country Club. Plans changed, much to the pleasure of those who enjoy Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – particularly those crafted by acclaimed Laurent Montalieu. Fruit maturity is not an issue for the 23-acre vineyard site Root carved out of the bramble near the Willamette River, and the fourth-leaf Pinot Noir was harvested on Sept. 17. There’s plenty of ripe dark blue fruit in the aromas, led by black cherry, and joined by a scrape of bittersweet chocolate. It leans more Burgundian on the palate with cherry, cassis, earthiness and leather, backed by rewarding tannins akin to finely ground espresso and a lick of bittersweet chocolate.
Production: 200 cases