The 2013 Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot noir ∑ from Eola-Amity Hills in Willamette Valley, Oregon is huge and lithe at the same time; quite the conundrum for this taster’s palate. Winemakers Tony Rynders and Shane Moore both have a deft hand with creating wines with unique, but subtle character, and this wine exemplifies those skills.

Clocking in at only 12.9% alcohol, the depth of flavor is impressive. Over ripe dark red fruit and floral aromas lead the parade as you first start to swirl the wine. Flavors of raspberry and a hint of super sweet strawberry lift the first nuances of flavor like a symphony movement reaching a crescendo. The non-tannic finish is memorably spicy expressing considerable length a sheer delight to taste. 302 case production.

Rating: Excellent (92) | $75 | 12.9 % ABV