Pointelle

2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Oregon: Willamette Valley

Offer Expired:Feb 01, 2021 at 11:59 pm
$50.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Arrow & Sword

Meh, just another unknown, random Oregon Pinot? …questioned Agent Noir as he poured.

OH MY. That nose?! While this Pointelle had that right fist up to strike with gorgeous perfume, there came the left fist out of nowhere with a first punch on the palate. Agent Noir was knocked out.

When he came to his senses, he took a long, close look at the medieval sword smack in the middle of the label, who ARE these people he thought… and started digging.

First popped the raving review below, affirming the quality here. The $50 original price tag also made sense as it surely drank no less than that. But at $18? What would people think? He was genuinely worried that the small pile it was would not be enough to last a day.

Turns out the source was sworn to secrecy about what’s actually in this bottle. More like a declassified $100 Dundee Hills single vineyard producer’s “leftovers” blended it sounded like. Leftovers like this? As in pizza that actually gets better the following day? Yes please!

A little more espionage takes us to Archery Summit before we reach a dead end, which by the way shares ownership with Napa Valley legend Pine Ridge so no matter the backstory, we’re looking at serious pedigree here, for a song. No wonder it’s so good.

The looks are alluring, pale ruby with scarlet shadows lurking just inside a narrow crimson rim. Fresh and lively on the nose, with lots of cherry, sappy herbs, and classic forest floor aromas. Medium-bodied with the first sip, silky, sweetly fruited, and beautifully polished on the palate as it expands. Well-integrated powdery-fine tannins build up sneakily on the finish, lingering quite long, especially for its modest price. Given its balance and freshness, enjoy within a decade with salmon or game over the next 3-5 years.

Oh, it’s conveniently bottles as a screwcap, no corkscrew needed, just a quick twist and you’re there. In any event, so glad Wine Enthusiast discovered it before we did, at least we know what they know!

91 Points – Wine Enthusiast

“Principally made with Dundee Hills grapes, this sturdy wine offers a full-bodied mix of cherry fruit, barrel toast and mocha. There’s a sweet, chocolaty midpalate that seems sure to please most consumers, though it leans a bit toward a fruity and chocolaty California style. This should drink well through 2025.”

Tasting Profile

Look:

Pale ruby with scarlet shadows lurking just inside a narrow crimson rim

Smell:

Fresh and lively, with lots of cherry, sappy herbs, and classic forest floor aromas

Taste:

Medium-bodied, silky, sweetly fruited, and beautifully polished on the palate

Finish:

Well-integrated powdery-fine tannins build up sneakily, lingering quite long

Pairing:

Given its balance and freshness, enjoy within a decade with salmon or game

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Redacted
Vintage
2015
Varietal
100% Pinot Noir
Appellation
Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Vineyards
Undisclosed, but tastes like prime fruit
Clones
Dijon clones 113, 114, 115, 667, 777
Alcohol
14%
Aging
Undisclosed, but tastes like under a year
Barrels
Undisclosed, but tastes like no new oak

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Feb 01, 2021 at 11:59 pm
$50.00
Avg. Price
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