Seven of Hearts 2014 Armstrong Vineyard Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, $35

By on November 6, 2016

seven-of-hearts-armstrong-vineyard-pinot-noir-2014-bottleFew winemakers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley explore as many growing regions, vineyards and varieties at Byron Dooley from his McMinnville facility. He’s focused on the Yamhill-Carlton American Viticultural Area for his own Luminous Hills Vineyard and label, but here he pulls from Armstrong Vineyard in the Northwest’s smallest AVA — Ribbon Ridge — for this bright Pinot Noir. The foundaton begins with a four-barrel lot of Wadenswil (50%), Pommard (25%) and 114 clonal fruit, along with a whole-cluster fermentation of 25 percent and 25 percent new French oak program of Tonnellerie Rousseau’s Video project. There’s a touch of milk chocolate to the aromas, but the focus is on fruity tones of Bing cherry, blueberry and orange zest, along with a touch of crushed basalt. On the palate, high-toned red fruit of raspberry and cranberry lead into a midpalate of loganberry syrup. A squeeze of clementine makes for an elegant finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 99 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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