Monday, January 24, 2011

WOW: Wine of the Week--Torii Mor Pinot Noir!

WOW: Wine of the Week

Torii Mor Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Torii Mor Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008Typically Uncorked prefers to mix it up a little from week to week, but January 2011 seems to be the month of Pinot Noir!  This week, Uncorked brings ANOTHER exceptionally priced 90 point Pinot Noir to the masses.

This Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is weighing in just ever so slightly above $20!  Unheard of!  A 90 point Oregon Pinot Noir for just $20.99?!  Supplies are VERY limited at this price however, order it up quickly and capitalize on this deal TODAY!

Next week Uncorked will feature our Valentine's Day 2011 Love Potions Gift Box...the count down is on:  Valentine's Day 2011 is just 21 days away!

Product Description

Torii Mor Winery was founded in 1993 by Donald Olson, MD who remains the owner to this day with his wife, Margie.  The winery was initially a small project that was intended to showcase the fruit from the vineyard.  Olson Estate Vineyard was planted in 1972 and is one of the oldest vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA.  Since its modest beginnings in 1993, with just over 1,000 cases, Torii Mor has blossomed into a super-premium winery that focuses on small lots of handcrafted vineyard designated Pinot noir with an annual production of 15,000 cases.
With the commitment to preserving the environment and Earth, Torii Mor is making ecologically smart choices and farming sustainably, while continuing to craft high quality, complex wines that possess a quiet elegance.  Torii Mor is cultivating a sustainable business that respects the environment by assessing the overall carbon and energy usage.   The solar array, gravity flow winery in the Dundee Hills, erected in 2007, is LEED Gold and LIVE vineyard and winery certified.
The name TORII MOR was chosen by Dr. Olson as he felt it conjured a feeling of unique elegance.  Borrowing from the Japanese, the “Torii” refers to the ornate gates most often seen at the entrances to Japanese gardens.  “Mor” is a word in ancient Scandinavian that means “earth”.  By integrating these two distinct languages, the romantic image of a gate to an earth space, or passageway to beautiful things, is formed.  We believe that Pinot noir, more than any other varietal, is that beautiful gateway to the earth.

Torii Mor Pinot Noir 2008 Reviews

"Medium ruby-colored, it exhibits an expressive nose of rose petal, spice box, cherry, and raspberry.  Easygoing on the palate while deftly concealing some ripe tannin, this outstanding value will provide pleasure over the next 6-8 years." - 90 points, Wine Advocate

Torii Mor Pinot Noir 2008 Tasting Notes

"This wine has aromas of earth, grape stems, dark berries and notes of mushrooms.  The flavors show a mix of mostly dark berries and dark cherries, earthiness, and spiciness followed by Graham cracker-barrel toast.  The crisp acidity carries the rich flavors to a long earthy aftertaste with cherries, dried red berries and spices.  The finish is long with notes of earthy mushrooms, red and dark fruit, oak spices and graham cracker oak toast.  The texture is rich and mouth filling.  The stem tannins add rich structure and are present from beginning to end, without detracting from the wine flavors." - Winery Notes

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