This is some stylish Pinot noir and rightly so coming from the winemaker Tony Rynders who has made wine here in America at a few wineries who represent the pinnacle of quality for more than twenty years prior to making his own label. He certainly knew what he was doing when he made this fine elixir. The 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot noir exudes aromas of cherry, high cacao count dark chocolate and a light expression of whole stick Vietnamese cinnamon. The flavors carry a lot of the same attributes but integrate some raspberry into the cherry chocolate mix. This wine is bigger than the usual Oregon Pinot and offers up a full sized frame to transport this vessel of deliciousness and beauty. There is a full flavor crescendo in the mid-palate that leads to a plush triumphant finish that lingers softly beckoning the hand to raise the glass once more. If you are planning a memorable meal to go with this wine, I recommend a smoked salmon mascarpone mousse on grilled bread (Bruschetta). A mint pesto stuffed leg of grilled Lamb would do well as an entrée. The wine also works well as a standalone sipper in cocktail situations.
Rating: Excellent (90) | $48 | 14.3% ABV