Pinot In the City - Day 2: North Valley Vineyards 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
In case you missed it, this is a 12-day look at Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley leading up to a special Dallas and Austin event hosted by Willamette Valley Wine called Pinot In the City. Each day, I’ll offer a few notes on a Pinot Noir from a different producer—all of whom will be in attendance to share their wines at Pinot In the City.
The event, Pinot in the City in Dallas (Jan 24) and Austin (Jan. 26), will offer a special preview tasting of Willamette Valley wines that is open to the public with a VIP tasting at 5pm and a General Admission tasting at 6pm in each city on the respective dates. Check out WillametteWines.com (http://willamettewines.com/event/pinot-in-the-city/) for more information.
Day 2: North Valley Vineyards 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir, $55
A partnership between acclaimed Soter Vineyards and Willamette valley wine grower, James Cahill and marketing expert Brian Sypher, this wine is a blend of Pinot Noir from 5 specific vineyard sites located in what many consider the concentration of the finest vineyards in Willamette Valley, namely the North Valley. Sub-appellations of within the North Valley include Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and Eola-Amity Hills. This wine is a beautiful expression of the character this region has to offer. Notes of concentrated black cherry and blackberry are delivered in a velvet envelope of vanilla cream. On the palate, the structure is firm, but generous, offering a broad canvas of tart fruit, dark turned earth and lingering tannin.
All vineyards are certified sustainable
Aged in 40% New, 60% Neutral French Oak
Vinified in open-top fermenters with 25% whole cluster fruit
Alcohol by Volume: 14%
Number of Cases Produced: 1,592 cases