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Autumnal Pinot Noir, darkly.

'09 Antica Terra Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Fresh violet garnet hue.

Wet floral notes, heady, red fruit, somehow enriched by slight reductive tones. A bit of cinnamon, dry violet, yellow leaves, carpentry spice, graphite, vitamin before plush cherry and sweet rubber. Quite exhilarating, actually, as the warmish, funky and earthy complexity resides behind energetic and juicy aromas. The nose seems to recede with time and oxygen…not to worry, this seems a good indication that the wine isn’t really ready and wants to develop.

The palate quickly consumes the air to show forwardly, cool-toned and persistent. The reduction doesn’t show it self and the wine is less heady and more precise. Velvet, hairy and earthen, there are nice veins of raspberry and cherry pit, agave, wet leaves, rustic hay field and cinnamon spice but also quite fleshy. A bit tart on the finish, which I expect in the ’09’s. Judicious oak. Very wet, dark flavors, full palate yet dynamic throughout the night in the glass. Again, it begs for some time to knit. Glad to have a couple more in storage.

Should get better over next 7 years, or more.

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