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2009 Le Cadeau Red Label Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton
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Fewer things in life can be more frustrating than falling in love with a wine, only to have it ripped out from under you – such a tease. This 2009 Le Cadeau Red Label Pinot Noir is such a wine – it’s as if these wineries like messing with our emotions. I mean, seriously, only 244 cases? That’s just cruel – shame on them for producing such a succulent, well-rounded pinot that makes your senses its love-slave.

Seriously, I’m about to go postal, knowing that all of this stuff is sold-out- someone there should be fired over such a tragedy. :) In all seriousness, Le Cadeau has quickly become one of my favorite Willamette Valley producers of world-class pinot.

Technical Data:

  • Winemaker: Jim Sanders, Aubichon Cellars
  • Production: 244 cases
  • Vineyard Blocks: Barrel-selected cuvee of estate fruit
  • AVA: Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Clones: Dijon 115, 667, 777, Pommard
  • Oak: 33% new, Top-tier French
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Price: Sold Out (WTF?)

Nose: Forest floor, cranberry, white pepper, roses, cherries tar and leather.

Taste: Pepper laced cranberry action up front that combines with a nice cola-induced mid palate with notes of rosehips, mushroom funk and rainier cherries. Superb fruit acid and tannin combine for a very well made wine with a finish thats worth lusting for.

W.E.P. Rating if you could buy it: 120%