2005 Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards “Three Hills Cuvée” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

This past weekend, Candace and I made a trip to one of my favourite cities – Portland – for a weekend away. Of course, while we were there, I made sure we tried a few of the local wines; Pinot Noir being at the top of the list. I’ll get into what I tried in another post, but needless to say I brought a few bottles back.

Last time I was in Oregon, this wine from the hills near McMinnville made its way back – stowed away in my luggage. It’s been avoiding the corkscrew since, but my recent trip made its consumption inevitable. I popped it open tonight to have with some tasty sausage. I remember it as being pretty full-bodied, so I was thinking it could stand up to the food… and I was right.

This is a blend of Lange’s “Terroir Series” single-vineyard wines and it is planted firmly on the deep and dark side of the Pinot fence. In the glass, it’s a deep and dark red. A big ‘ol sniff lets loose a bunch of blackberry, dark cherry, dark chocolate and earthy spice. A sip gives up juicy dark berry and cherry fruit along with the chocolate and spice the nose hinted at long with black tea. This leads to a softly tannic and juicy finish.

This is a heckuva’ tasty wine folks and really helps cement Oregon Pinots into a place near the top of my wine loving list. If you’re in the area, pay them a visit. If you can find it in a store, go for it. Yum.

$40 USD at the winery.

4 1/2 stars

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