By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.lecadeauvineyard.com
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.
- 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.