Monday, November 14, 2016

WOW: The Perfect Pinot!

WOW: Wine of the Week

The Perfect Pinot!
Line 39 WinesScary, but true:  Thanksgiving is just 10 days away!  In just a few short days, everyone will be gathered around a table full of foods that contradict one another for wine pairing.  Our recommendation is this perfect Pinot Noir by Hyland Estates.  It's not easy to tame Sweet Potato casserole, cranberries, green beans, turkey and gravy - but this wine will be sure to impress!

Product Description

"A tale of two vintages, the Willamette Valley saw near-perfect weather up until late September when the remnants of typhoon Pabuk from the Western Pacific slammed into the Pacific Northwest and forced a brief intermission from harvest activity. When the sun returned in the first week of October it brought about one of the warmest and driest Octobers on record. A classic Indian Summer.

An exceptionally dry, mild winter ushered in a growing season in the Willamette Valley that commenced with bud break in early April, roughly two weeks ahead of its typical schedule. Bloom occurred in mid-June under clear, blue skies leading to the commencement of harvest on September 13th - a full month earlier than 2011. The rain and cold arrived on September 27th and Laurent Montalieu decided to wait it out before picking the remaining 60% of our crop. This decision proved to be fortuitous as the warmth of October allowed for superb sugar levels in the berries coinciding with perfect physiological ripeness. Laurent described this as an incredible ending to a challenging harvest with the berries picked before the rain showing more delicacy and finesse, while the berries picked after the rain show deeper, darker, more complex fruit. In the end, the wines of 2013 will become another exceptional, and classically Oregon vintage." - Winery Notes

Hyland "Coury" Pinot Noir 2013 Reviews

"The old vines at the heart of this wine date back decades. Finely threaded herb and mineral highlights peek through a solid frame of berry and plum fruit. The barrel flavors, from 10 months in French oak, are balanced and persistent. Put this one away for drinking from 2020 to 2030." - 92, Wine Enthusiast 

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