The Four Graces 2011 Black Family Estate Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $75

By on July 31, 2014

four-graces-black-family-estate-pinot-noir_2011-bottleEarlier this year, Foley Family Wines made The Four Graces its second Pacific Northwest acquisition, and its first in Oregon. The Blacks, who divorced a year ago, also sold their two vineyards, and this 54-acre site was planted with Pommard clones in 1995. During this cool vintage, distinguished Willamette Valley winemaker Laurent Montalieu made the pick for the Blacks on Nov. 2, and the nose features dusty cherry, raspberry, dried strawberry and rose hips, along with moist earth, cocoa powder and a whiff of toast. There’s great acidity on the entry with fruity flavors Bing cherry, raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate. There’s delicious balance now, and it can be enjoyed with smoke salmon or venison prepared with thyme and black pepper.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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