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Boedecker Cellars Athena Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Winemaker Notes

This Pinot Noir is rich, round and lush, yet also elegant and structured. It's a wine of spice and blackberry and earth, with a hint of caramel in the very finish, it's a sensual experience interwoven into a beautiful glass of wine.

Critical Acclaim

WS 91
Wine Spectator

Smooth and deep, with spicy nutmeg and pepper notes adding interest to the polished black currant and plum flavors, lingering easily on the finish. Drink now through 2018.

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Boedecker Cellars

Boedecker Cellars

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Boedecker Cellars, , Oregon
Boedecker Cellars
Stewart and Athena, husband and wife team, founded Boedecker Cellars in 2003 in Carlton, Oregon. We craft all natural, sustainably farmed and critically acclaimed Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc from some of the finest vineyards in the Willamette Valley.

Our winemaking is based on instinct and science, taste and intuition. Everything is done by hand, and we allow indigenous yeast to work its magic as we guide it all with our obsessive attention to detail. Our barrel aging routine is traditional 18 months in French oak and we lees stir for 9 of those months and the Pinot Noirs are then bottle aged for another six months before release. We have no money, no life, except for our wines, our family and our friends whom we work to bruising and exhaustion, and we all love every minute.

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

An easy-going red variety with generous fruit and a supple texture, Merlot’s subtle tannins make it perfect for early drinking and allow it to pair with a wide range of foods. One simply needs to look to Bordeaux to understand Merlot's status as a noble variety. On the region’s Right Bank, it dominates in blends with Cabernet Franc, and on the Left Bank, it plays a supporting role to (and helps soften) Cabernet Sauvignon—in both cases resulting in some of the longest-lived and highest-quality wines in the world. They are often emulated elsewhere in Bordeaux-style blends, particularly in California’s Napa Valley, where Merlot also frequently shines on its own.

In the Glass

Merlot is known for its soft, silky texture and approachable flavors of ripe plum, red and black cherry, and raspberry. In a cool climate, you may find earthier notes alongside dried herbs, tobacco, and tar, while Merlot from warmer regions is generally more straightforward and fruit-focused.

Perfect Pairings

Lamb with Merlot is an ideal match—the sweetness of the meat picks up on the sweet fruit flavors of the wine to create a harmonious balance. Merlot’s gentle tannins allow for a hint of spice and its medium weight and bright acidity permit the possibilities of simple pizza or pasta with red sauce—overall, an extremely versatile food wine.

Sommelier Secret

Since the release of the 2004 film Sideways, Merlot's repuation has taken a big hit, and more than a decade later has yet to fully recover, though it is on its way. What many viewers didn't realize was that as much as Miles derided the variety, the prized wine of his collection—a 1961 Château Cheval Blanc—is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

MATBOEATHENA_2008 Item# 109265

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