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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2002
Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 79421)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Tasting Panel rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Burghound.com rating: 91 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"I was bowled over by the depth, concentration, and seductive qualities exhibited by the 2002 Pinot Noir Elizabeth's Reserve. Never before had I witnessed a wine from this estate of such opulence. Medium to dark ruby-colored, it explodes from the glass with sweet blackberries and waxy dark cherries, spices, as well as a note of oak spice. Broad, ample, lush, and beautifully pure, its intense flavor profile is awash in red and black fruits. Projected maturity: now-2012."
-Wine Advocate

As usual, this is a wine that, though quite approachable in its youth, will only show its best after years of aging. Archetypal Lizzie flavors abound, a mix of pie-cherry and Indian spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc). As the vines have gotten older, each vintage seems more structured, but the gentle handling ensures a graceful, elegant Pinot Noir. Given proper storage conditions, the wine should have at least a decades ageablility. The wines bright fruit will marry well with classic pairings for the variety, such as lamb and grilled salmon.

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About Adelsheim:

Established in 1971, Adelsheim is a family-owned and operatedc winery with estate vineyards located in Oregon's northern Willamette Valley. Over the past 41 years, the Adelsheim Vineyard estate has grown to include twelve exception vineyard sites throughout the Valley, totaling 237 acres. Company co-founder, David Adelsheim, has done work throughout the years to benefit both the Oregon and American wine industries: grape and wine research, wine labeling, industry education, and promotion. He is recognized for is "outstanding service" to the industry and has played a vital role in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its reputation worldwide. Today, he leads a current generation of passionate staff devoted to leading the industry in crafting consistently transcendent wines.