Torii Mor Winery 2011 Olson Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $60

By on January 20, 2014

torii-mor-winery-olsen-estate-vineyard-pinot-noir-2011-labelJacques Tardy produces a Pinot Noir for Dr. Donald Olson that can be identified blind as classic Dundee Hills because of its profile of high-toned red fruit. That starts in the nose of raspberry, strawberry and ripe cherry, but there’s complexity of truffle, moist earth and alfalfa. Those qualities extend to the palate, backed by cranberry acidity, pleasing earthiness and a depth of cherry and strawberry. There’s also very little interruption of toasted oak because more than 80% of the barrels were neutral. The acidity makes it immediately food-friendly with salmon or duck, but at the same time, the low alcohol and its grace lend this to cellaring.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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