2013 Zena Crown Pinot noir ∑

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


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Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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