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Zena Crown Vineyard Slope Pinot Noir 2013

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750ML / 12.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

At the Slope, the Zena Crown Vineyard shifts to face due south, encouraging perfect ripeness and maximum phenolic development. The Slope is a dark, brooding Pinot Noir of great density despite a modest 12.7% alcohol. Its flavor spectrum is similarly deep and concentrated, where the fragrant, easy air of spring surrenders to more complicated notes of warm leather, dried mushrooms, Maillard reactions, game, and umami.


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WW 94
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The search for the Holy Grail—aka in wine terms as hunting for the world's finest Pinot Noir. Many point to Romanée-Conti as the very finest parcel in the world. In the new world, the jury is still out. But with each passing vintage, the focus becomes clearer, and Zena Crown Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills is a name that is popping up with greater regularity as one the finest new world plots for Pinot Noir. The 2013 Zena Crown Pinot Noir Slope looks like the crown jewel. The winery states, "At the Slope, the Zena Crown Vineyard shifts to face due south, encouraging perfect ripeness and maximum phenolic development." This great wine shows warm spices, ripe fruit, sweet-savory, and dried strawberries. The wine's long and luxurious finish places this wine at the top of the class. Needs time to soften. (Tasted: August 26, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Rich and expressive, featuring black cherry and pepper notes set against tangy mineral flavors. Comes together smoothly as the finish gains traction, with a light bite of tannins. Drink now through 2023. 348 cases made.
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Jackson Family Wines purchased the Zena Crown Vineyard just west of Salem in 2013, marking their first foray into Oregon. With cautious optimism, the desire to remain a harmonious neighbor, and the patience to watch this vineyard’s story slowly unfold, they engaged veteran Willamette Valley winemaker Tony Rynders and passionate Pacific Northwest native Shane Moore to bring Zena Crown Vineyard to life.

Since its third leaf, Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir has been subject to multiple interpretations; it became a sought-after single-vineyard designate for top producers like Beaux Freres, Soter, and Penner-Ash. With the 2013 harvest, however, Zena Crown emerged as a true Oregon domaine. As they adapt to its rhythms and natural oscillations, they seek to explore and manifest the singular voice of this special plot of land, in accordance with the remote and rugged beauty of the Eola-Amity Hills.

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Running north to south, adjacent to the Willamette River, the Eola-Amity Hills AVA has shallow and well-drained soils created from ancient lava flows (called Jory), marine sediments, rocks and alluvial deposits. These soils force vine roots to dig deep, producing small grapes with great concentration.

Like in the McMinnville sub-AVA, cold Pacific air streams in via the Van Duzer Corridor and assists the maintenance of higher acidity in its grapes. This great concentration, combined with marked acidity, give the Eola-Amity Hills wines—namely Pinot noir—their distinct character. While the region covers 40,000 acres, no more than 1,400 acres are covered in vine.

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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.”

RGL50013265SX_2013 Item# 157113

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