Francis Tannahill The Hermit Pinot Noir 2012
Dark, rich Pinot Noir color. Saturated from rim to the center. On the nose, primary aromas of dusty Bing cherries, raspberries, blueberries, iris root, cassis and violets. As the wine opens, more complex aromatics of earth, minerals, spices, toasty oak and tobacco deepen and add complexity to the initial aromas. In the mouth, the wine mirrors the aromatics with an attack bursting with dusty red and blue fruits. The wine continues with a ripe tannic structure and beautiful acidity to give shape to the concentration of ripe fruit. On the mid-palate, the wine blossoms and reveals itself fully with elegance and density - all hallmarks of the Oregon 2012 vintage. The finish is long, intense and only hints at the complexity to come over the next 10-20 years as the wine ages.
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Home of the first Pinot noir vineyard of the Willamette Valley, planted by David Lett of Eyrie Vineyard in 1966, today the Dundee Hills AVA remains the most densely planted AVA in the valley (and state). To its north sits the Chehalem Valley and to its south, runs the Willamette River. Within the region’s 12,500 acres, about 1,700 are planted to vine on predominantly basalt-based, volcanic, Jory soil.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”