2009 Tendril Wine Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
*Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012* Deep, firm and concentrated, this gorgeous wine has the muscularity of Cabernet, but the plush, velvet elegance of Pinot Noir. Youthful and rich, it has deep fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry, with barrel notes of coffee, chocolate and anise. Full, smooth and supple, it is certainly among the best of the Oregon 2009s.
Fresh, lively and crisp, with focused cherry and raspberry flavors, veering toward floral and peppery notes on the finish. This has style and transparency. Best from 2013 through 2016. (Insider)
Founded in 2008 by one of the region's most established and critically acclaimed famous winemakers, Tony Rynders, Tendril focuses exclusively on small-production Pinot Noir.The 2009 Willamette Valley cuvée is a blend of fruit from various Willamette Valley apellations, including Eola Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Chehalem Mountains. Aged for fifteen months in 40% new French oak, ths Pinot offers a classic Willamette Valley aromas and flavors of juicy red and black berries, with floral highlights and brambly undertones. Candied cherry and boysenberry flavors present on the palate, along with licorice, clove, and mint leaf as wine opens. For fans of riper styles of Pinot, there's a lot to love here.