Wine: Adelsheim 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Reviewer: Jason Carey
Paired with: Mediterranean Mezze Platter
Rating: 4 stars
Review: This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir for the price , showing just why everybody is snapping at the 2008 Oregon wines.
They are structured, yet zingy with acidity. They are ripe but are not just about fruit. This is the entry level PN from Adelsheim, yet every year this bottle shows an elegance and purity that is hard to beat.
Adelsheim is known for its wines more on the lithe spectrum, along with Eyrie.
This particular wine starts with a nose has an interesting darker fruit component than normal for this cuvee, yet, as time moves on in the glass, it develops some earthy and cherry notes, along with a tiny bit of smoky pleasant oak, which does not intrude. There also is an interesting wee bit of chocolate and California Bay Leaf. This wine is stupendous on the nose.. really great. Upon entry to the palate, the wine has a powerful sour and sweet cherry sensation , along with a very smooth and elegant feel. It has a good whack of acidity (the sour cherry) and the spice coming from the tiny oak. There is something very alluring about this wine, and shows how in this vintage this wine which is usually a good value is extra special..
This wine will develop over at leat 5-8 years into something really great, with many complex and alluring secondary characteristics, but is hard to resist now.. a great wine for mediterranean fare, or duck. I have to agree with Wine and Spirits on this one. A warning however to those who like a bigger style, this is not that.
Bravo Adelsheim, sweet fruit along with firm acidity.
This is what makes Oregon Pinot done right a really wonderful thing.
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