Francis Tannahill Pinot Noir 2012
The 2012 Hermit Pinot Noir was crafted entirely from the Demeter certified Biodynamic Pearl Vineyard, located in the Red Hills of Dundee.
Dark, rich Pinot Noir color. Saturated from rim to the center. On the nose, primary aromas of dusty Bing cherries, raspberries, blueberries, iris root, cassis and violets. As the wine opens, more complex aromatics of earth, minerals, spices, toasty oak and tobacco deepen and add complexity to the initial aromas. In the mouth, the wine mirrors the aromatics with an attack bursting with dusty red and blue fruits. The wine continues with a ripe tannic structure and beautiful acidity to give shape to the concentration of ripe fruit. On the mid-palate, the wine blossoms and reveals itself fully with elegance and density - all hallmarks of the Oregon 2012 vintage. The finish is long, intense and only hints at the complexity to come over the next 10-20 years as the wine ages.
Wine Spectator - "Lithe, refreshing and focused on pure currant and plum fruit at the core, with glints of clove and floral notes adding to the expressiveness. The finish plays against well-modulated tannins, persisting impressively. Drink now through 2022. "
Wine Enthusiast - "This biodynamically farmed, single-vineyard wine has subtle extra dimensions. Delicate accents of truffle, earth, graphite, iron ore and coffee grounds add to a round, fulsome wine with black cherry fruit. The finish is a little chalky, but pairing with a fine fat fowl will take care of that."