Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wine Review: 90+ Cellars Lot 137 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

May is 90+ Cellars Month on!

90+ Cellars Lot 137 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

To learn about how 90+ Cellars finds their wine and everything else you want to know about the Boston based company, read A Brief History of 90+ Cellars!

Oregon Pinot Noir! Isn't it lovely? Willamette, too. I mean, jeez, I don't think I've ever had a Willamette Pinot that I didn't like. And I've had plenty of Pinot from everywhere else that I didn't like. I gotta say that I'm digging the new label for this vintage; artsy and purple. The Lot 137 is 100% Pinot Noir and has an ABV of 14.1%.

NOTE: In advance of moving to a new house and the arrival of a new baby, the reviews for March, April and May were all written in February and may be much quicker and to the point than you expect from this blog. Foolishness will return this summer.

The color of the wine is ruby red. Right up front on the nose there's juicy cherries plucked right off of vanilla ice cream, with follow-up aromas of strawberry sauce, black tea and toast. It's medium bodied, a little bit watery in its mouthfeel, with firm tannin and low acidity, and heat from the alcohol. There's flavors of cherries, cranberry and black tea. The flavor on the finish of juicy cherries seems to go on for days.

It's not of the cool climate, delicate Pinot style but it's not of the warm climate, big and fruity Pinot style either. It lands right in the middle. I like to think of it as a cool climate Pinot for hearty dishes. I'd buy this over a $21 Napa Pinot any day.

Price: $21
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

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