Guillen – Pinot Noir, 2015

  • Basic info: Guillen – Esteban Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon – 2015
  • Type: Red
  • Price estimate: $25 (wine club estimate – the winery does not seem to sell direct to the public, so I”m not sure how to acquire this one)
  • Look: Transluscent ruby red in color. Medium legs, prob. medium to high alcohol content.
  • Smell: dark fruit/cherry with a hint of mineral. Nutmeg.
  • Taste: Subtle, smooth, cherry. Very light tannin structure.
  • Conclusions:One of the best pinot noir ever. Super smooth and good depth of flavor. Lots of layers.
  • Other notes: This was one of our Oregon wine club wines. Bob and I get six bottles every six months, and we save them for our cheese night dinners each month. This has worked out really well for us – good wine, good cheese and usually good company. All of the notes for this wine are from Bob since I have an irritating cold and can’t smell much, and everything tastes off. Bob isn’t a huge pinot noir fan, he prefers bigger wines in general, but this is the second pinot from this club that he is gaga over. We actually ordered a half case of one from the last club shipment, and if I can figure out how to order this one, we may be getting another half case – after I recover from the cold and determine if I like it as much as he does.
  • From the bottle: No tasting notes on the bottle. From the club notes, “For being so young, the wine is drinking fabulously well but will certainly reward whatever patience you can muster for it. Black cherry, blackberry fruit along with the unmistakable baking spice component that comes from the whole cluster fermentation that Jesus carefully manages on the wine.” 13.5% alcohol by volume.

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