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Witness Tree Vintage Select Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Winemaker Notes

Very dark in color, 2006 Witness Tree "Vintage Select" Pinot Noir is packed with aromas of black fruits, vanilla and exotic spices. On the palate, dense "jammy" fruit flavors are balanced by a substantial contribution of new French oak, tannin, and acidity. Enjoy this wine with traditional beef and lamb dishes as well as smoked salmon, pork, and cheese. Given its depth, concentration, complexity and structure, this wine will be tempting to drink it in its youth, but will also continue to develop in the bottle and provide rewarding drinking for many years to come.

Critical Acclaim

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The Wine Advocate

The 2006 Pinot Noir Vintage Select was aged in 100% new French oak for 10 months. Dark ruby-colored, the aromatics include pain grille, spice box, and an amalgam of black fruits. This is followed by a silky textured wine with excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity. This dense, layered effort should evolve for 1-2 years and be at its peak from 2010 to 2018.

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Witness Tree Vineyard, , Oregon
Witness Tree
Witness Tree Vineyard is owned by Dennis & Carolyn Devine. The Devines are originally from the Midwest, but have lived throughout the country during Dennis' career as a clinical researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. Carolyn serves as President and Business Manager. Witness Tree is located in the Eola Hills, northwest of Salem, an area recognized as one of Oregon's premier growing regions.

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Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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