Categorized | Oregon Wines, Pinot Noir, Reviews

2008 Libra Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website:

Bill Hanson is no stranger to the Willamette Valley and to pinot noir. As the assistant winemaker for Panther Creek, he and the team there have carved out quite a name for themselves as producers of high quality Pinot Noir.

His passion and know-how of producing good Pinot comes through in his solo label called: Libra – a brand he and his wife, Linda started not long ago.

Technical Data:

    • Alcohol: 13.6%
    • pH: 3.33
    • Cooperage: 15 months in once and twice-filled French Oak barrels (Cadus, Gamba, Francoise Freres,Vicard).
    • Case Production: 125
    • Clones: Dijon 114 and 667
    • Suggested Retail: $35

Nose: Clove, cranberry, cedar, white pepper, cola, wet cigar wrapper, and a splash of shoe polish.

Taste: Nice combo of tart raspberries, blackberry, white pepper, wet cedar, rhubarb, and very slight hint of green bell peppers. This is a very tart-tasting pinot and clearly one that won’t at all get in the way of food. The finish is still very young, however, it’d go great with earthy foods. Drink now or age another 3-7 years.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%