Categorized | Oregon Wines, Pinot Noir, Reviews

2009 Seven of Hearts Special Reserve Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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When I first met winemaker, Byron Dooley, at a wine event in the Yamhill area of Oregon last year, I knew right away he was dead-serious about making kick-ass wines. This “Special Reserve” is his flagship Pinot that brings a lot of prowess to it – it’s a Pinot that anyone who loves this varietal should pay attention to.

Technical Data:

  • Cases Produced: 147
  • Clones: 114, 115, 667, 777, Pommard, Wadensvil
  • Sub-AVAs: Yamhill-Carlton, Eola-Amity, Dundee Hills
  • Soils: Volcanic, Sedimentary
  • Harvest Dates: October 6 – October 16, 2009
  • Bottling Date: February 2011
  • Cooperage: 23% New Fr Oak, 77% Neutral Fr Oak
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • Suggested Retail $42

Nose: Rose hips, cherries, rhubarb, cedar plank and golden raisin.

Taste: After a gorgeous nose, the flavors of this wine are spot-on in their ability to be bold yet subtle – bold in that they are pronounced and subtle in their ability to play well with food. Stellar acidity and good tanins make a lucious mid-palate mouthfeel. The finish lingers for weeks with notes of cedar, cherries, and spice – one of the better pinot’s I’ve ever had.

W.E.P. Rating: 110%