Andrew Rich Cuvee B Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

Price: $27.99
Item No. 108265
  • W&S91
  • WS90
  • ST90
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

With its darker color and deep aromas of graphite, crushed red and black berries, and a hint of wild herbs, the Cuvée announces itself as a wine that is altogether more "serious" than the Prelude. (And for those who have been following this wine for the last 10 vintages, it should be noted that with this vintage the B has been promoted: it is no longer our "entry-level" Pinot, though in order to attain an elevated rank it was necessary to bottle much less than previously—about one-half of normal.) In the mouth the wine seems more savory than overtly fruity, with a round, sweet, rich mid-palate. It is full and lush with any excess weight (a hallmark of 2008). There is excellent length here, with well-integrated tannins and vibrant acidity to keep the wine focused and fresh. Delicious now, this will go five years at least.

Critical Acclaim

"Juicy and expressive, this is a classical Willamette Valley pinot with broad scents of wild strawberries and briar. The wine is high-toned and fine, makred by a sinewy texture, firm tannins and a finish that lasts. Should pair beautifully with a pork chop."
91 Points

"Crisp tannins surround a supple core of sassafras-accented black cherry, plum and mineral flavors, which remain deft and agile as the finish persists impressively. Best from 2012 through 2018. 530 cases made. "
90 Points

"Bright ruby. Pungent aromas of blackberry and cherry pit, with complicating notes of rooty sassafras and licorice. Fleshy and smooth in texture but energetic, offering focused dark berry and bitter cherry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Finishes with solid grip and spiciness, the cherry note repeating. This deserves some bottle age, or decanting."
90 Points

Learn About Andrew Rich

Named one of Wine & Spirits magazine's top 100 wineries of 2009, Andrew Rich Wines has been crafting distinctive wines in Oregon's Willamette Valley since 1995. Along with Pinot Noir, Rhone Valley varietals from the Columbia Valley--including Syrah, Roussanne, Grenache, and Mourvedre--take pride of place, though the winery is equally well known for its seductive Gewurztraminer dessert wine.

Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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