Rex Hill Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $35

By on August 13, 2015

Rex Hill Vineyards-2012-Pinot NoirOne of Oregon’s largest production Pinot Noirs also ranks among its most interesting, in part because it starts with a selection of parent company A to Z Wineworks’ 75 contracted vineyards, focuses on sustainably grown blocks and represents each of the Willamette Valley’s six American Viticultural Areas. Winemaker Michael Davies helps carry on the tradition established more than two decades ago by Lynn Penner-Ash with this bottling, which show a deft hand with barrel influence to allow for a nose of boysenberry pie, raspberry jam, light toast and milk chocolate. Its juicy palate is clean and bright as it maintains the focus on raspberry and boysenberry, accented by lavender and white pepper notes and pleasing tannins that provide length rather than distraction.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 9,518 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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