Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Applegate Valley, $36

By on February 19, 2016

schmidt-family-vineyards-pinot-noir-2012-labelCalvin Schmidt built a successful multi-state cabinetry business before turning his second career into a three-generation winery operation in Southern Oregon. Much of the fruit his family works with comes of their 15-year-old estate, but he relied on his Applegate Valley neighbors for the Pinot Noir fruit from Dijon 115 and 777 clones in addition to Pommard. Black cherry, dried strawberry and raspberry aromas include toasted wood, cola, baking spices and forest floor notes. Inside, it’s especially dark and lovely with blackberry, black currant and chocolate. While a bigger style of Pinot Noir, the lovely mouth feel of that dark fruit leads to a long finish of Marionberry — and a suggested pairing with the family recipe for Chocolate Chili Bites.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 425 cases

Alcohol: 14.76%

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