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2011 Le Cadeau Equinoxe Pinot Noir

2011 Le Cadeau Equinoxe Pinot Noir

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Region
Willamette Valley, OR
Appellation
Chehalem mtns

Type
Red
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Wine Spectator
90
Stephen Tanzer's
90
Wine Advocate
90
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90 pts. | Wine Spectator – Lithe, expressive and juicy, with currant and Santa Rosa plum fruit, finishing with a hint of savory mineral. Polished and elegant. –HS
90 pts. | Wine Advocate – Intriguing notes of moss and lichen on wet stone, as well as darker berry fruit. Caramel and smoke notes from barrel do not affect the firmness or brightness that are fundamental features of this Pinot. Will perform well through 2020, if not beyond. –DS
90 pts. | Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar – Spicy black raspberry aromas are complicated by Asian spices, cola and dried flowers. Taut, silky red berry compote flavors gain flesh with air, with bright acidity adding lift. Fine-grained tannins add grip to the spicy, floral finish, which leaves a gentle smoky note behind. –JR

Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Chehalem mtns
Aging
19 months in French oak; 20% new
Alcohol %
13.1
Wine Spectator
90
Stephen Tanzer's
90
Wine Advocate
90
Wine Profile
Production Notes
The Équinoxe cuvee is sourced from the two center crest blocks of our estate vineyard, which receive equal sunlight exposure on both sides of the vines throughout the day – early morning through the early evening. Équinoxe soil is broken volcanic basalt known as Nekia, part of the Jory family. Since its inception in 2006, this cuvee has showcased the delicate balance between fruit, earthiness, and structure. Winemaker Jim Sanders has meticulously refined his talent in Oregon winemaking since the 1990s. He developed a passion for crafting premium Pinot noir in Ribbon Ridge, training and studying with friend and mentor Mike Etzel for six years before joining Le Cadeau. Along with vineyard proprietor Tom Mortimer, Jim founded Aubichon Cellars in 2007 to explore the Willamette Valley AVAs and expand upon his already exquisite style.
Winemaker Notes
35% Dijon 115, 35% Dijon 667, 20% Dijon 777, 10% Pommard
Production
172 cases
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