Varietal: Pinot Noir
Tasting Date Price: $19.99
Rating: WE 87
Alcohol Content: 13%
Vineyard Website: http://www.atozwineworks.com/
Elegant and complex aromas of Bing cherries, cranberries, red currants, raspberries and strawberries, a combination of wild flowers and fresh forest berries that epitomize Oregon Pinot Noir. The juicy red fruit flavors open the attack then evolve in the mouth to darker fruit flavors with spice and mineral overtones. The wine shows ripe tannins and a succulent texture that gives definition and lift to the surprisingly long finish. Although the 2010 A to Z Pinot Noir is drinking well now, it has the focus, balance and intensity to age and will become more complex over the next 5-10 years.
Winery notes: 2011 was a year of records and extremes. The growing season was the latest and coolest ever in Oregon except for one oddity – bud break was earlier than average with a big set. This, with the very cool growing season, led to higher costs in the vineyard: additional passes for vine work, natural sprays and weed control. The industry feared the most difficult harvest since 1984 but fair weather held through mid-November with a surprising result where both quality and quantity prevailed and grapes achieved full phenolic ripeness with little to no rot. The resulting wines are complex, intensely flavored, possess great texture and depth, and have lower alcohol than average. The reds in particular are darkly colored and will be long lived. 2011 will be remembered as a late, dry, “miracle” harvest.