Colene-Clemens Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013

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Colene-Clemens Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2013

27.50

It has been said that people who love Pinot Noir have worn a suit and tie a no more than a handful of times in their life. There’s definitely something in the relaxed, ethereal beauty of Pinot Noir that appeals to the more emancipated side of human nature and that particular quality is to be found here in this delicious example from America’s answer to Burgundy, Oregon. Aromatically rich and open-knit with a seductive perfume of cherries, raspberries and blueberries, a sprinkling of savoury spice and an earthy, almost sappy note that adds depth. The palate is wonderfully silky and the flavours hang on beautifully, set against slinky tannins and a vibrant, juicy acidity. This is hand-crafted, small production (around 1000 cases are made) Pinot Noir from an expensive post-code and made by one of the hottest pair of hands in the Willamette Valley, so even at £27.50 this gets a big thumbs up for relative value in our books. 13% alc. Drink now - 2020.

The Wine Advocate (Neal Martin): "The 2013 Pinot Noir Estate was cropped between October 2 and 6 at around two tons per acre, completely destemmed and matured in 11 months in French oak. It has a clean and pure bouquet with black cherries and blueberry fruit, the oak nicely integrated here. The palate is medium-bodied with a ripe, well-defined entry, a clean line of acidity and a well poised, slightly stony finish. You know, this entry-level Pinot Noir is up there with the single vineyard offerings this year and at this price comes recommended." 

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