Z’IVO Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $35

By on November 22, 2013

zivo-wines-pinot-noir-2009-estate-bottleSadly, the autumn rains destroyed so much of John Zelko’s crop that he will not produce a 2013 vintage. That’s just another reason to enjoy this release. Estate fruit from clones 115, 777, 114, 667 and Pommard was split off into two lots, with this group fermented primarly as destemmed fruit, as opposed to John Zelko’s whole cluster project. However, the program contributes 15% to this bottling. It offers hints of dark raspberry, cherry syrup, truffle, dark chocolate and whiff of minerality. The entry is smooth and fruit-driven with dark plum, black cherry and more truffle, giving it broad flavors. Its tannin structure is rounded, giving way to a finish of cinnamon, bittersweet chocolate and mint.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 675 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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