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"Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir has very fresh, crisp fruit on the nose: crunchy cranberry, tart cherry and warm blackberry with cinnamon stick and dried leaves. Light to medium-bodied, it gives good concentration of bright raspberry and cherry notes in the mouth with soft spicy accents, a silky texture and very soft tannins with plenty of juicy acidity, finishing long." Erin Brooks
"Luscious loganberry, Bing cherry and rising bread dough waft forth with a pleasing hint of caramel and aromatic sandalwood. The smooth, weighty palate offers cherry candy, pomegranate, candied orange peel and a touch of anise concluding with a nicely uplifting finish. ~ Gary Horner, Erath Winemaker
" The Oregon Pinot Noir is the cornerstone of the Erath wine portfolio. A blend of different vineyard sites in Oregon, this wine is a fruit forward, ready-to-drink style of Pinot Noir designed to highlight the varietys best characteristics. Our goal with this wine is simple to make the best Pinot Noir in the world for under 20.
The 2016 growing season rocketed to the earliest start in recent history. An early warm spring transitioned to an even-keeled but warm summer. A welcome cooling trend towards the end of the ripening period spread harvest across four wellordered weeks. Harvest began August 25 and lasted until September 27 under perfect conditions.
Fruit quality was exceptional, producing balanced wines that despite the warm and early season, maintained acidity with moderate alcohol. The result is excellent color, plush tannin and purity in the reds and classic varietal character in the whites." ~ Winery notes
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As one of Oregon's wine pioneers, Erath winery's founder, Dick Erath, was driven by the belief that the future of Pinot Noir was in Oregon. Today, Erath's wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hill of Oregon. Winemaker, Gary Horner, who shares Dick Erath's background in science and a reverence for Oregon's unique terroir, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward. Horner takes pride in making a range of Pinot Noir styles, from the hugely-popular Oregon blend to the highly-acclaimed, limited-edition, single-vineyard selections. His goal is to make the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer - it is time-honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon.