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Rex Hill Jacob Hart Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2014 Rex Hill Jacob-Hart Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is a beautiful, deep garnet color with aromas of black cherries, huckleberries, grilled plums, dried rose petals, violets, cassis and cinnamon. The attack is powerful and broad with flavors of blue and black fruit, delicate butterscotch and raspberries deepening to more complex notes of truffles, toasted oak and smoke. Framed by firm acidity and beautifully ripe tannins, the finish has great length. This wine contains the focus, balance and intensity to age building even greater complexity as it ages over the next 15 - 20 years.

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
This outstanding vineyard, matching mature vines to biodynamic farming, really shines in 2014. A toasty nose sends up coconut and vanilla notes, leading into a full-bodied full-flavored wine with the structure to age another decade or more. It's the perfect balancing act between immediate accessibility and long-term cellaring potential. Drink through 2030.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Jacob Hart Vineyard gives notes of ripe cherries and raspberries with suggestions of underbrush, fragrant earth, lavender and cinnamon. Medium-bodied, it has intense red and black fruit flavors in the mouth intermingled with earth and backing spice notions and framed by very ripe, fine-grained tannins. It finishes with satisfying depth and persistence.
JS 91
James Suckling
Notes of tar, bay leaves and cherries on the nose. The palate is bright with plenty of red-berry flavors, velvety tannins and tangible freshness. Slightly earthy. Drink now.
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Rex Hill

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Rex Hill, Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Rex Hill has been making elegant Pinot Noir for 30 years in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The landmark winery is located at the gateway to Oregon's wine country and welcomes visitors daily to their historic tasting room. Estate vineyards, including the crown jewel, Jacob Hart Vineyard, are farmed to Biodynamic tenets and the winery itself is L.I.V.E. certified. Now owned by the families at A to Z Winewords, the Rex Hill legacy of superior Pinot noir continues. The group brings combined Oregon winemaking experience that spans more than two decades and three continents, as well as high energy, commitment and love of Oregon Pinot Noir.

Chehalem Mountains

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The Chehalem Mountains is a northwest-southeast span of several distinct mountains, ridges and peaks in the northern part of the Willamette Valley. Of all of Willamette Valley's smaller AVAs, it is closest to the city of Portland. Its highest summit, Bald Peak at an elevation of 1,633 feet, serves to generate cooler air for the rest of the AVA and its hillside vineyards. The region covers 70,000 acres but only 1,600 acres are planted to vines; soils of the Chehalem Mountains are a mix of basalt, ocean sediment and loess.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

In the Glass

Pinot Noir is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles delving into the red or purple plum and in the other direction, red or orange citrus. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount) it can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice, dried fruit and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon and tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Villages or Cru level wines.

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