Erath 2012 Pinot Noir, Leland Vyd., Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley
As one of Oregon's wine pioneers, Erath winery's founder, Dick Erath, was driven by the belief that the future of Pinot Noir was in Oregon. Today, Erath's wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hill of Oregon. Winemaker, Gary Horner, who shares Dick Erath's background in science and a reverence for Oregon's unique terroir, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot Noir. This Prince Hill single vineyard Pinot is one of their signature wines. Planted in 1983, this premium site encompasses 34 acres, 27 of which are dedicated to top quality Pinot Noir. This well-manicured four acre vineyard is close to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, marine cloudiness dissipates later in the morning, resulting in a cool, late ripening site with higher levels of acidity. Leland vineyard consistently produces a complex and age-worthystyle of Pinot Noir. The wine was aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. Only 458 cases were produced and many growers in the region are touting 2012 as their best vintage ever. Here's how Winemaker Gary Horner describes this Fantanstic Pinot. "Attention-grabbing aromas of baking marionberry pie, its filling bubbling over a browned crust, swirled with root beer, vanilla, faint eucalyptus and baking spice. A silky mouthful of cherry, currant and berries mingle on the sweet mid-palate. Fine-tuned tannins offer pleasing tension and energy."