Division Villages 2013 Methode Carbonique Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $19

By on August 9, 2014

division-villages-2013-methode-carbonique-pinot-noir-2013-bottleA few Pinot Noir producers in Oregon makes small lots in this Beaujolais style — no oak — but Thomas and Kate Monroe’s small operation in southeast Portland takes it a step further with whole cluster fermentation sealed in carbon dioxide within cement vat. The production from Methven Family Vineyards later was topped with Red Hills Vineyard fruit, and the aromatics are reminiscent of plum jam, black cherry juice, vanilla, baked chocolate chip cookie and a whiff of alder smoke. Inside, bold red fruit of plum and pomegranate prances across the palate with ample acidity, balanced tannins and allspice in the finish. It’s a rather fascinating example of Pinot Noir, and the price point makes it easy to explore.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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