Seven of Hearts 2013 Armstrong Vineyard Curmudgeon Cuvée Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $42

By on June 27, 2016

seven-of-hearts-armstrong-vineyard-curmudgeon-cuvée-pinot-noir-2013-labelWillamette Valley winemaker Byron Dooley pays tribute to the late Bob Wood, a friend to the Oregon wine industry, with this lightly oaked, low-alcohol Pinot Noir from Armstrong Vineyard – a site favored by his “impudent” friend. The wine began with the harvest of Oct. 4 from vines of Pommard, 114 and 667 clones, and the single neutral French barrel with 50% whole-cluster fermentation creates aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry and strawberry with light caramel and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. Its elegant flavor profile is reminiscent of ripe strawberry, Rainier cherry and cranberries with mild tannins and  bright acidity. A nibble of olive creates a savory and long finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 25 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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