Union Wine Company 2011 Alchemist Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $26

By on November 19, 2013

union-wine-co-alchemist-pinot-noir-2011-bottleAn industrial park near a wildlife refuge isn’t the sexiest spot for Pinot Noir production, but few in Oregon seem to possess the talent and drive Ryan Harms and Greg Bauer are flexing near the Tualatin River. For their top-tier brand, they’ve tapped into Carabella Vineyard (41%), Chehalem Mountain Vineyard (32%), La Colina Vineyard (22%) and Temperance Hill to craft aromas of Rainier cherry, plum skin, baked brioche, moist earth and clove. On the palate, it continues along a Burgundian path with an approach of black currant and dark plums, followed by a structure of medium body with espresso grounds tannins. Hints of moist earth, white pepper and cranberry make for persistent finish. Union rapidly has built a distribution channel of 37 states and five countries.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 700 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%


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