Treos Wines 2012 Founder’s Choice Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $48

By on October 24, 2014

Treos-wines-founders-choice-estate-pinot-Noir-2012-BottleTwo years ago, this tiny Monmouth, Ore., winery released its first wines, a product of vines planted in 2007 by a trio of couples — hence Treos. We’ve loved Dave Jepson’s Dry Muscat, and here’s the second commercial vintage of Pinot Noir, a blend of clones 667 and 777 cropped below one ton to the acre. There’s early fascination with a nose of dried sage and larch needle leading to black cherry, Marionberry, red currant, mocha and nutmeg. The entry is rich and succulent with plump black cherry and blueberry flavors, supported by mild tannins and lingering acidity. Vineyard managers in the Willamette Valley didn’t need to worry about ripening during the 2012 vintage, and that’s evident here, yet while the listed alcohol level raises eyebrows, the finish carries itself with delicious hedonism rather than heat.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 195 cases

Alcohol: 15.5%

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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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