Battle Creek Cellars 2018 Unconditional Pinot Noir, Oregon, $18

By on August 14, 2021

One of the wines that Sarah Cabot, Precept’s winemaker in the Willamette Valley, takes the most pride in is her entry-level Unconditional Pinot Noir. Traditionally, she pulls it significantly from Battle Creek Vineyard. This time, it accounted for 25% of the blend, trailing Waldo Hills Vineyard (30%) and Sunshine Mountain Vineyard (30%) while gaining help from Yamhill Valley Vineyards (10%) and Yamhela Vineyard (5%). Described as one of Oregon’s most idyllic vintages, there was no need for much oak, and just 10% of the program was new wood. Dark purple fruit along the lines of blackberry and blueberry pick up cherries and dried herbs. Spot-on cranberryish acidity and a sprinkle of white pepper combine for a clean and lovely farewell.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,988 cases

Alcohol 13.5%

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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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