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Trisaetum Coast Range Estate Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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14.2% ABV
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14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Coast Range Pinot Noir presents classic attributes of this cool vineyard site as savory truffle and cedar aromas mingle with bright raspberry and cherry. Lively acidity delivers an array of red fruits, revealing pomegranate, cranberry, and raspberry. A light tannic structure broadens on the palate with hints of earth and sweet toasty oak. This wine has long aging potential and will reward careful cellaring.

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A defining citrus streak runs through this young, tangy wine from start to finish. Briary purple fruits carry appealing flavors of cola and sassafras, and the full body and crisp definition keep the wine complex and evolving as it sits in the glass. More bottle age should improve it even further.
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Trisaetum, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Founded in 2003 by James and Andrea Frey, Trisaetum consists of two estate vineyards situated in two AVAs. Only Pinot Noir and Riesling are grown and produced, and only from the Frey’s estate grown fruit. The 22-acre Coast Range Estate in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA was planted in 2005 on a steep and rocky slope. The soils are Jory and Nekia (both volcanic) in the lower elevations and WillaKenzie (sedimentary) in the higher elevations. The 28-acre Ribbon Ridge Estate in the eponymous AVA counts Brick House and Chehalem’s Ridgecrest Vineyard as close neighbors, with Beaux Freres Vineyard just beyond. It’s soils are uniformly sedimentary. Both estate vineyards are farmed organic and biodynamic without irrigation. The Coast Range and Ribbon Ridge bottlings showcase each vineyard’s distinctive terroir with abundant depth, complexity, length and potential ageworthiness. The top wines, designated Estates Reserve, are best lots and barrels blended together from the two vineyards. They are exquisitely balanced and transcendently harmonious wines.

Willamette Valley

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One of Pinot Noir’s most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a Mediterranean climate moderated by a Pacific Ocean influence, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture—warm and dry summers allow for steady, even ripening, and frost is rarely a risk during spring and winter.

Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation, cooler vineyard sites. The three prominent soil types here create significant differences in wine styles between vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. Silty, loess soils are found in the Chehalem Mountains.

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, not Pinot noir. 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 Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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