The 2012 Lorna-Marie Pinot Noir is - in a word - robust. This wine is always the pinnacle in the Patton Valley portfolio of complexity, structure and ageability. In this particular bottling, these characteristics are bolstered by a small percentage of whole-cluster fermentation. Up front, the wine is brimming with savory aromas of rye, caraway and candied yams. These aromas are softened by sweeter notes of almond, orange rind, licorice and sassafras, providing wonderful balance and range to the nose. Moving to the palate, this wine evokes flavors of black cherry, dried flowers, pluots (hybrid of a plum and an apricot), boysenberry and cinnamon. The finish is racy and commands attention with hints of smoked paprika, menthol and sweet cigar box. Drink now or cellar 7 - 10 years.
|Vintage:||2012||Grape Varietals:||100% Pinot Noir|
|Aging:||Aged for 11 months in 55% new French oak barrels|
|Production:||196 9-liter cases|
Grapes are hand-picked into small totes to avoid bruising. Natural yeast found in the grape skins is used to initialize fermentation. Wine is pressed using a traditional basket press. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
While every vintage has unique qualities and advantages, 2012 was a particularly lavish year for wines in the Willamette Valley. Even amid an abundance of spectacular fruit there is always a portion that rises to the top, standing as the quintessential expression of Pinot Noir from the Patton Valley estate. These are the barrels they select to be blended as their reserve wine, the Lorna-Marie, named after the mothers of two of their owners, Sherie and Monte Pitt.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|O0EE188026PNS||750ml||6||Glass||7 84585 00758 5||1 07 84585 00758 2||$70.00|