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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
Chehalem Reserve Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 111034)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $56.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Incorporating both Ridgecrest and Wind Ridge blocks from our original Ridgecrest Vineyard on Ribbon Ridge, this reserve shows the richness, density, three-dimensionality, and finesse that characterizes this AVA, at least for Chehalem wines. The half-crop yield in 2008 and cool growing season teamed with a long final ripening period gives maximum complexity and concentration. Tightly packed, this vintage will be lovely early on, but will not completely open for years and will reward aging. The aromas are red and black briery fruits, hints of dried flower, black tea and cola. The flavors are dense red fruit and complex baking spices, and the texture is silk nap, firm but very elegant, and, with good acidity, promises long aging.
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About Chehalem:

With two vineyards on either end of Chehalem Ridge and one in the Dundee Hills, Chehalem is dedicated to reflecting as purely as possible what the vineyard has produced. With minimal processing and without compromising great fruit, Chehalem wines promise good ageing but are very drinkable young. Production quantities of all Chehalem wines are limited, to assure ultimate winemaking control.