This West Coast brand inspired by the wines of Burgundy and named for Babylon’s wine goddess is closing in on 30 years since its founding by Adam Lee and then-wife Dianna Novy. Their 2015 sale of Siduri to Jackson Family Wines went down two years after JFW’s initial acquisitions in Oregon — a string of respected vineyards that included Gran Moraine and Maple Grove. Both plantings provide all the fruit for this bottling in McMinnville and a work that represented six clones. (Among those are Pommard and two “suitcase” clones — 828, which lore ties to the late Gary Andrus of Archery Summit, and Paul Masson’s Swan selection.) After 14 months in 30% new French oak, this is a compelling Pinot Noir that favors fruit, baking spice and sweet herbs. Layers range from plum, pomegranate and lavender to boysenberry and Bing cherry. There’s a sense of silkiness that’s joined by juiciness, Craisin and a finish that brings everything together. Portions of the Siduri lineup often are found at Total Wine & More locations, classified within the retailer’s “elegant” profile and priced below the original listed price.
Rating: Outstanding! — 92 points
Production: 10,000 cases