Rex Hill Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2012


''Ripe and generous, deftly balancing intense cherry, black currant and smoky, toasty overtones against fine, firm tannins and an open texture. The finish lingers easily. Best from 2016 through 2022.'' 92 Points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator

The 2012 has diversity and depth of flavor opening with aromas of blackberries, blueberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, plums, quince, and many spices from cinnamon to ginger to star anise to coriander. With time, the nose opens further to reveal earth, tobacco, smoke, game, crushed rock and vanilla. Loaded with deep red, blue and black fruit flavors on the attack, the integrity that all classic Oregon Pinot Noirs possess, pulls the palate back from being too rich and ripe and balances the hedonism of the 2012 vintage with beautifully proportioned acidity and minerality. Fine-grained tannins and complex, concentrated fruit flavors lend great length and finish with lingering hints of coffee and cocoa powder. Although it will drink well young, it has the balance and structure to age and become more complex over the next 10 years.

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