Andrew Rich Verbatim Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
Andrew Rich Verbatim Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label

Andrew Rich Verbatim Pinot Noir 2013

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750ML / 13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Andrew Rich's first Pinot to be released from a two-faced vintage. They went into harvest strategizing on how to handle a hot dry year, but when five inches of rain fell over four days in late September, their plans went out the window. Nonetheless, when farming was meticulous and sorting was ruthless, what resulted were Pinots that are indisputably ripe in character, but on a lighter frame, with vibrant acidity, moderate alcohol, and soft tannins.

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WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Verbatim offers a compelling mix of juicy citrus flavors from the potent acidity, along with tangy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit. The components are balanced and the flavors pure and well integrated. The length and balance suggest that this should drink well at least through 2022.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Light and polished in texture, with pretty cherry and strawberry flavors playing against peppery tannins, lingering with presence on the finish. Drink now through 2021.
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After 20 vintages in Oregon, Andrew Rich is beginning to feel like a veteran. His passion for wine was nurtured not in the fertile soils of the Willamette Valley, however, but in the urban sprawl of New York City, where he once edited the wine column for a national magazine. When the pull of wine became stronger than that of publishing, he headed to Burgundy to study winemaking and viticulture, a move that lead to employment at the small but influential Bonny Doon Vineyard, in California, for nearly six years.

His skills honed, Andrew headed to Oregon in 1994 with the quixotic vision of making Rhône-style wines in the Willamette Valley from Columbia Valley grapes. Turns out he was a little ahead of the curve: it wasn't until 2000 – when Syrah, Roussanne, Grenache, and Mourvèdre grapes became available to him – that he was finally able to realize that vision.

Meanwhile, he had discovered his love of Pinot Noir, which has since become the more dominant prong of his dual focus. There are three Pinot blends, with fruit sourced from a dozen northern Willamette Valley vineyards: the soft and approachable Prelude; the classic Verbatim, a "grape for grape" translation of vintage and place; and the structured and age-worthy Knife Edge.

While the range at Andrew Rich Wines may be broad – in addition to the Pinots and Rhône-style wines the winery is known for Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer dessert wine, and several others – the intent is always to make wines of balance, grace, and sheer deliciousness.

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Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.

The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.

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