Oregon Pinot Noir from Pete Dredge, although made in the same way as his Tassie wines with some whole bunch and whole berry inclusions.
This red is a blend using fruit that goes into the Chehalem Mountains Pinot & the Eola Amity Hills Pinot. The result is a fascinating piece to compare against the two single vineyard wines. Is the sum better than its parts?
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
I’m guessing this is a blend of the Chehalem and Eola-Amity vineyards, a la Dr Edge Tasmania. Well, like many a Barolo, the blend of vineyards works splendidly. Red fruit, pepper, ash, fennel and roses. Light to medium-bodied, crisp and frisky, lick of pumice stone tannin, strawberry and raspberry flavour, juicy, mineral, dusty feel with succulence of fruit, and a long dried herb tinged finish. Such energy and verve. Outstanding. Something extra in the glass here, and a delight for lovers of fine Pinot Noir, no doubt.
This has a delicately fragrant feel with light red florals and red cherries, dressed in aromas of forest wood, violets, fresh herbs and spiced-rubbed meat. The palate has a punchy, dynamic attitude with a very pure core of crunchy red cherries, framed in velvety tannins. Good balance. Drink or hold.