Sunday, June 30, 2019

Wine Review: Hazelfern Cellars Pinot Noir 2017

Hazelfern Pinot Noir 2017

The land that has been Hazelfern Cellars since 2014 was once Hazel Fern Farms, circa 1895. Bryan and Laura Laing come from winemaking families who taught them everything they know about winemaking and they've been making wine together since 2006. But they decided to buy vineyard land when a young cousin passed away and made them realize that life is short, so they went all in! The other two wines that they produce are Rosé and Syrah, but the ones I've got are their 2017 Chardonnay and 2017 Pinot Noir.

This is 100% Pommard clone Pinot Noir from the Robinson Family Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains. It spent 8 days cold soaking, 8 days fermenting, and then went into 100% French oak, 25% of it new, for 12 months. It has a 13.2% ABV.

Guns N' Roses, Appetite For Destruction
One thing I love about these guys is that in their pairing suggestions they list "loud music" and you know I'm all about that! So let's listen to some loud music! While I'm writing this review I'm listening to Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction. I mean, honestly, this would probably be #1 on my list of the best albums of all time if it wasn't for Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. And it's loud music, which is what Hazelfern calls for. They simply don't make volume high enough for Appetite for Destruction, and you can listen to the full album via my music selection playlist on my YouTube channel.

The color of the wine is ruby red with some pretty good clarity to it. And the nose is sooooo goooood with raspberries, cherries, mocha, toffee, wet dirt, and copper. Uuuuuungh. I don't even care about drinking this, I just wanna smell it all night. On the palate it's light bodied but has a rich mouthfeel with a bright acidity and grainy tannin. There's flavors of raspberries, strawberries, vanilla, cola, wet wood, and even some apple. It finishes with strawberries and cola, and with a silky smooth mouthfeel but with some heat to spice it up.

Wow. This is everything I expect out of an almost-$50 Pinot and then some. It's both elegant and rustic, while being both fruity and earthy, and both light bodied and rich in mouthfeel. This is a very well done Pinot and quite the enjoyable experience.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $48
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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