Alloro Vineyard 2014 Estate Riservata Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $45

By on July 18, 2017

While Tom Fitzpatrick gains publicity for his own Élevée Winegrowers project in Oregon’s Dundee Hills, his seven years with David Nemarnik’s Alloro Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains continues to serve as the main stage for his talents. This represents his fifth vintage working with these manicured 78 acres planted in Laurelwood soils, and he orchestrated this blend that leads with Dijon clone 777 (46%), Pommard (32%) and 114 fruit. It’s alluring and suave from start to finish as aromas of fruit punch, blueberry, pink peppercorn and barrel toast lead to flavors of red currant, Montmorency cherry, cola, vanilla and milk chocolate. Sandy tannins, boysenberry acidity and hints of cinnamon roll make for a long finish. This bottling is one of two entries from the 2014 vintage by Alloro that earned a gold medal at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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