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2018 L'Ensemble Pinot Noir

2018 L'Ensemble Pinot Noir
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SKU: 18PNLE

95 POINTS WINEANORAK “fresh, refined and textural with sweet black cherry and berry fruits, some nice acidity and appropriate tannic structure. It’s harmonious and silky...nice brightness and a bit of grip, suggesting this could age in interesting ways. It has an Oregon stamp, but also an old world sensibility and refinement...never veers off into over-ripeness..” 

THE BUYER "the wine is medium ruby-purple; the aromatics sit on a tantalizing balance between New and Old World – are we in Chambolle-Musigny or the Pacific North West? The nose is complex, ripe and sumptuous with mulberry fruit, ripe red cherry, tree bark and red licorice; the palate is quite stunning and places you in the finest Côtes des Nuits sites – tight-knit mouthfeel, precise, detailed – a pomegranate tartness keeping the depth of the red and black fruit in check, nuances of vanilla. To its real credit it doesn’t feel like a blend of sites – it’s got a real harmony, the fruit tightly framed by the acidity which, combined with the chalky tannins, leaves your tongue begging for another mouthful.” 

94 POINTS (CELLAR SELECTION) THE WINE ENTHUSIAST

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Dark, brooding color with purple edges. A unique viscosity to this wine in the glass and immediate savory-spices drifting outward. Dark red berries, Hawaiian starfruit, root beer cask and sweet bark emerge as you lean in. Tightly wound entry with prickly pears and pomegranates that expands quickly inside a light shell of sweet vanilla and roasted nuts. The layers of flavors build well with a tight framing of acids, chalky tannins and a level of tension that will certainly reveal more complexity in the months and years to come.

Harvested: September 14th-30th

Harvest Brix: 23.3

Alcohol: 13.5%

TA: 5.2g/L

pH: 3.61

Cooperage: 33% new French oak

Date bottled: June 17, 2020

Cases made: 1,145

Winemakers:

Jean-Nicolas Méo, Tracy Kendall