STEPHEN TANZER’S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR

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JULY/AUGUST 2013

2010 Pinot Noir Souris Willamette Valley( $45)

Vivid red. Heady, seductively perfumed bouquet melds candied red fruits, Asian spices, black tea and cola. Powerful yet lithe, offering sweet black raspberry and spicecake flavors that put on weight with air. Shows excellent clarity on the finish, which features gently chewy tannins and a late jolt of candied rose. By all means decant this one if you insist on drinking it now or anytime soon. 93

2010 Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Ribbon Ridge( $35)

Vivid red. Fresh cherry, dark berries and potpourri on the highly scented nose. Bright and mineral-driven but also shows very good density to its chewy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Displays the structure of the vintage but doesn’t come off as hard. Finishes with slow-building sweetness, chewy tannins and excellent persistence. Definitely sit on this one for a few years, maybe more. 92

2010 Pinot Noir Durant Vineyard Dundee Hills ($40)

Bright ruby. Sexy, high-pitched dark berry and potpourri aromas are complicated by Asian spices and white pepper. Spicy and penetrating, offering smoky blackberry and bitter cherry flavors and an exotic note of candied rose. Finishes sweet and long, with resonating spiciness and smooth, even tannins. There were a lot of whole clusters used here and it shows in the wine’s spicy, heady perfume. 92