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Seven of Hearts

Pinot Noir 'Very Special Reserve', 2015

USA Oregon

Willamete Valley 75cl

The Very Special Reserve is a wine we only make in very special vintages (and 2015 may very well rank amongst the very best), and when we have particularly exquisite material in select lots from the vineyards we work
with. With its early start, warm even season and brilliant September finish, 2015 was just that year and the Luminous Hills and Bjornson vineyards (a selection of Pommard, 777, and 667 clones) both brought highly distinctive elements to this wine that start with the finely woven array of red fruit and spices in the nose, broad texture and multi- dimensional flavors on the palate, and then that most prized of Pinot noir qualities: a silky, velvety, lengthy finish. 97 cases produced. 13.7% alcohol. 25% new French oak (Billon Vosges).
That is winemaker Byron's report.
It's a little more closed than the 2014 on the nose and palate currently. After a couple of hours of coaxing it's exhibiting a lovely nose of ripe berry fruits, meat and Asian spices.
Medium bodied and quite elegant palate, the flavours build up, savoury meaty characters leading to berry fruits, creamy integrated oak, a touch of stalk/stem and Asian spices. Definitely a more tightly wound wine than the 2014 and sure to be longer lived. Impressive and very much in the more modern mould of Oregon Pinot, less extraction and more elegance.

Published: 11 February 2018

, Author: Noel

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