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June 14, 2007

05 Adelsheim, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

We come back to pinot. After all the experiments. We come back to pinot. And Adelsheim's reminds us why coming back to pinot means coming back to the Willamette Valley. The 2005 is surprisingly rich, balanced by powerful acidity. All I taste are ripe, black Bing cherries and raspberry puree. If there's oak, it isn't noticeable except in how rounded and fluid the wine seems. This is hallmark Oregon pinot, by which I mean "Burgundian" but better--informed by Volnay and Pommard, but fresher in its youth, like a classic Monthelie. The aromatics move in and out of me--first muddied earth, then tar, then eucalyptus and fat. To be fair, the alcohol and acid are a little spikey at the end, minty and anisette at times, raw and peppery at others. But there's a sense of home here. We come back here. As if we might be in the ground ourselves someday--David and Ginny turning the topsoil above us.


Anonymous drewish said...

sounds like a gevery style? I'll have to look this up.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

More south than north. Round, plush, but not as powerful as something from Gevrey could be. I guess it's "brooding" in some sense. Very different from past Adelsheims, but pretty typically ripe Willamette.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Michelaccio said...

They pushed the envelope with hang time on this one, getting some extra days in that cool, not too rainy period at the end of the season. Their gamble really paid off. The 2005 uses all French oak and about a fifth of it is new. David and Ginny are no longer married, but I'm sure they would happily reunite if it meant dropping dirt on the three of us!

3:23 PM  

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