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Lemelson Vineyards ‘Thea’s Selection’ Pinot Noir 2005

October 4, 2007

label_theas.jpg~$35US 100% Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Purchased this on Steve-O’s (of 3wineguys.com) recommendation a few months ago. Decanted and tasted over the course of 3+ hours. Medium-transparent ruby color. A very tight and mysterious nose at first, but one that opened up generously after 1-2 hours. Floral and fresh – spring wildflowers, lavender and violets, backed by a stony-minerality. As it bloomed, more red fruits appeared and took center-stage. Silky and balanced on the palate – oak, acidity, tannins, and fruit all showed discipline and harmony. Red-delicious apple-peel, some black cherry and some tarry notes added complexity. A long, round finish with a hint of licorice closes the deal. Versatile and very food-friendly.

An Oregon Pinot of serious character, concentration, and structure. Enjoyable now, and with a little decanting it will hold it’s own amongst it’s Californian and Burgundian brethren.

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