Seven of Hearts 2013 Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $35

By on April 5, 2016

seven-of-hearts-armstrong-vineyard-pinot-noir-2013-bottleWillamette Valley winemaker Byron Dooley took his five-clone harvest, leading with Pommard (50%), in late September/early October. It was a move that came days after the torrential rains had made their way across the Pacific after a Southeast Asia typhoon. Armstrong Vineyard, one of the southernmost, lower-elevation sites on Ribbon Ridge, and a partial whole-cluster fermentation program allows for enticing aromas of fruit punch, dusty plum, orange zest and cedar. There’s a nice approach to the palate with a continuation of plum and cherry juice, backed by a hint of saddle leather. Its low-alcohol and food-friendly finish brings touches of cinnamon, light toast and clove.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 13.1%

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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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