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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
Adelsheim Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 95029)
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $39.99

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
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Adelsheim first used the name "Elizabeth's Reserve" in 1986 to designate the blend of the best barrels of Pinot Noir. For a dozen intervening vintages, it designated a single vineyard wine, but since 2000, "Elizabeth's Reserve" has again been a "best of winery" reserve – the best barrels from the best lots due to the coming of age of estate vineyards. With many lots, representing different soil types, clones, site climates, fermenter sizes, and barrel characteristics, winemaker Dave Paige must pull together those lots that best create a reserve-level wine, one that truly reflects the vintage and character of the north Willamette Valley.

The 2006 Elizabeth's Reserve offers aromas of bright red raspberries and ripe currants with hints of black cherry. Longer contemplation reveals nuances of the smoky cedar essence of lapsang souchong tea and dried rose petal. On the palate, the flavors mimic the aromas, leading again with raspberry. The wine's texture is exceptionally balanced with good upfront acidity, and a silky mouthfeel with soft tannins that linger to a strawberry cream finish.

Enjoy this wine when young, or allow it to age gracefully for five or up to ten years with proper storage conditions. It will pair beautifully with the Pinot noir classics – lamb, duck, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses.

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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.