Ahh, Oregon Pinot Noir. What a different animal compared to the northern California versions I’m so accustomed to. Dusting off this bottle reminded me of the chilly, moisture-laden air I experienced on my first trip to the Dundee Hills. I’m really happy I picked up this bottle as I enjoy it again now.
In my glass, the Erath 2006 Pinot Noir reminds me of what I found so unique about Oregon Pinot Noir: it has a brilliant, crisp ruby color, but it is noticeably lighter and you can even see through the glass.
The nose is very subtle, but I get the sense it is holding back on me and coaxing me to take a sip and explore it further. The best way I can describe it is “rugged yet elegant”. Sipping it gives me flashbacks to eating small, spiky tart blackberries in the wild. Very nicely balanced, this wine is a real treat. As a bonus, it finishes with the flavor of Cherry Sour candy.
Just phenomenal. I should have picked up several when I could get them on special for $30 each.
The Technical Stuff:
Date Tasted: December 10, 2011
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Dundee Hills, Oregon