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Staff Pick

Montinore "Plumlee Road" Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2015

Item # 36709 750mL
$39.96/ Single Bottle
$479.52 $431.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A new wine from the Montinore estate that comes from two younger vineyards that flank the property on Plumlee Road. After a 22 day fermentation, the wine went into a combination of French and Russian oak (33% new) and aged for a full year before bottling. The palate is vibrant, full of black cherries and a modest amount of spice and tannins. The fruit is so lush since this has just been released but clearly this is a wine that will last years in bottle.

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Staff Pick Notes

I get a lot of back talk from Old World Pinot lovers, “New World Pinot Noir is all about fruit and nothing else!” And, “Oregon Pinot doesn’t have any concentration. It’s just water.” Or my favorite, “There’s no real sense of Terroir” It’s as if Rudi Marchesi (winemaker at Montinore Estate) heard these falsehoods spoken and answered back with this exclusive cuvvée. Tart cranberries, violets, smoke, and a texture of fine silk. Sounds like a Burgundy doesn’t it? Well all I can say is, welcome to Oregon.

- SD

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Pinot Noir

The Burgundy region of northeastern France is the historic home of the Pinot Noir grape, and is the source of the world’s greatest examples. Here one finds renditions of Pinot Noir that deliver power with finesse and grace, wines that have unimaginable depth of flavor, yet are perfectly balanced and ephemeral in the mouth - in short, wines that deliver all that Pinot Noir has to offer. Terroir,...

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Willamette Valley

Perhaps the most familiar wine producing region in Oregon, the Willamette Valley is actually a group of distinct AVA's (American Viticultural Areas). This varied area is home to approximately two thirds of Oregon's wineries. Bounded roughly by the cities of Portland in the north and Eugene in the south, the near-idyllic wine growing region is cradled between the Cascade Mountain Range on its east...

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