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Date Printed: 8/27/2014
A to Z Pinot Noir 2002
A to Z Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 61505)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/27/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 89 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Fine in texture, with firm tannins around a pretty core of cherry, currant and spice flavors, finishing lively and with some refinement. Drink now through 2006."
-WS

Great clear ruby Pinot Noir color. A beautiful cornucopia of fresh ripe red fruits immediately jumps out from the nose. Sweet dark ripe raspberries, violets, fresh spices, lavender, hints of oak and cassis emerge after the initial blast of fruit. The wine is most obviously very ripe, perfumed, heady and redolent of high-toned notes of bright red fruits. The aromatics herald the wine as an archetypical ripe Oregon Pinot Noir. As the wine enters the mouth a sweet lush entry leads to an integrated succulent attack. Harmonious ripe tannins lift the wine and add great balance to the copious fruit. Good ripe acidity for structure in the wine pulls the wine together gives it great length and defines it as a classic elegant Oregon Pinot Noir.

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About A to Z:

Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon's best wine values by concentrating on their core competencies of acquisition, blending and marketing.

A to Z has a bargain with other wineries from whom they source wines that they will not reveal their identities; component wines could be from any winery in Oregon from A to Z. This winery wanted a name that suggested that their wines are blended from many sources. A to Z builds their blends to craft balanced wines that aim to embody the essence of Oregon rather than reflect a specific single vineyard or A to Z style.