Vinous 92 points - Ruby-red. Highly perfumed scents of dark berries, cola and rose oil. Fleshy, expansive black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors display a suave blend of richness and energy, picking up a spicy character with air. Finishes juicy and very long, with lingering dark fruit flavors and slow-building tannins. (Oct 2015)
This deep garnet colored Pinot Noir has an exotic, rich nose that includes black currants, licorice, cinnamon and hints of a dying rose. The intensity of the fruit continues on the palate with lots of ripe blackberries, plumbs and currants along with some cedar and oolong tea. Through out this very multi faceted wine there is an underling backbone of savory tannin and acid that holds the whole thing together even as it evolves in the glass over several hours. This is a very complex wine that begs for food and will surely improve with additional aging for many years.
This wine comes from a blend of different estate vineyards and other vineyards in the Willamette Valley, which lies beneath 10,000-foot tall Mt. Jefferson. This blend typically includes original Oregon clones as well as some newer Dijon clones.
The entry-level 2008 Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvee includes some purchased fruit. Dark ruby red, it offers up aromas of rose petal, spice box, incense, cherry, and raspberry. On the palate it displays medium body, sweet fruit, plenty of spice, and enough ripe tannin to evolve for 1-2 years. However, it can be approached now and over the next 6-8 years.
|Wine maker notes
|Produced since 1994, Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is regularly rated one of the most popular Pinot Noirs on restaurant wine lists across the country. Made with a blend of grapes from each of the estate vineyards, and top quality fruit traded or purchased from neighboring vineyards, the Mt. Jefferson Cuvee conveys a rich diversity of place, deserving of its repuation as one of the most expansive yet stylistically consistent Pnot Noirs in the world.