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2009 Chehalem Pinot Noir "3 Vineyard"

Chehalem 2009 3 Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winery: Chehalem

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "3 Vineyard"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Willamette Valley

State or country: OR

Price: $27

Cases produced: 7,593

KWG Score: 91.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: August 17, 2011

Wine Review: This opaque and dark ruby colored Pinot Noir opens with a mild black raspberry bouquet with notes of black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a very pleasant and savory gentle oak influenced black raspberry with hints of black cherry and a dash of pepper. The finish is dry and its mild tannins are food friendly. I would pair this Pinot with chicken and shrimp paella. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: A lovely, precocious wine with a brilliant, deep garnet color and seductive, lush aromatics, in this wine spice and fruits dominate. Rich pie cherry and dried cherry impressions, with plummy blue and black fruit for depth and richness anchor the palate and lead to a sweet fruit entry. Tea leaves and spices are assertive, whether showing gingerbread, molasses, nutmeg, cardamon or delicate black pepper. The balance is almost perfect, with great acid, excellent weight without being ponderous, no alcohol apparent, nice breadth and length on the palate, and a bright, clean and elegant finish.

Organic status: not organic

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