By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.sevenofheartswine.com
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.
- 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.