Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $35

By on September 9, 2014

yamhill-valley-vineyards-reserve-pinot-noir-2009-labelStephen Cary is in his third decade of working with this 200-acre site, the second-oldest in Oregon’s McMinnville AVA and the oldest winery in the appellation. Harvest of this 100 percent estate production took place Oct. 17-19, and this bottling shows elegance with definition, starting with aromas of dark blueberries and plum, dusty Bing cherry and white chocolate with a crumble of Wheat Thins. Its rich and smooth fruit-forward entry continues to focus on plums and cherry, backed by blackberry and currant. The structure is delicious with fine-grained tannins and pleasing acidity, offering great weight, and there’s little distraction created by the use of both French and Oregon oak, which will serve it well alongside pepper steak. These wines are distributed 20 states as well as Canada, and look for this distinctive logo at Pinot in the City on Sept. 11 in Seattle.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,598 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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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