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91 Ratings
Firesteed Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Wine Details

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Style

Red

Wine Description

The resulting wine`s aromas of strawberry and raspberry mingle with the distinct sensation of vanilla-cream. Good acid contributes to the balance and compliments the medium body. As the silky tannins fade on the inviting finish, the wine`s classic pinot aromas gather once again.

In 2009, after a successful bloom and fruit-set, a hot July and warm August helped grapes ripen through the summer. Harvest began in the last week of September and continued well into October, dodging a few drops of rain here and there. Select lots of prime Willamette Valley Pinot Noir grapes were chosen to be fermented in small vessels with a high percentage of berries remaining whole. After fermentation the young wine was gently pressed into new, one, two and three-year old French oak barrels for 12-16 months of aging. The top-quality barrels were then selected and blended together for this cuvee.

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    Cherries and leather on the nose. Solid character without being a bully. Cedar, leather, earth, black pepper, but still a nice bright fruit character playing backup. Finish is lots of leather and a very subtle tannin. Absolutely fantastic.

    about 4 years
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    Smooth a lote sweet

    almost 7 years
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    over 7 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1996 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/97
  • Wine Advocate
    (1994 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 105 on Jun-96
  • Wine Spectator
    (1994 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/96
  • Wine Advocate
    (1993 Vintage) Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 96 on Dec-94
  • Wine Spectator
    (1993 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/94