2011 Lange "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. High-pitched aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and spicecake. Tightly focused redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors give way to sweeter, darker fruits in the mid-palate, which shows a faintly medicinal quality. Closes sappy and precise, with sneaky tannins and a lingering cherry pit quality.
This is a comfortable, modest wine with subtle pleasures. Strawberry and cherry fruit combine in a clean, fresh, lightly-oaked Pinot with medium length. Winemaker Jesse Lange has given the wine elegant proportion, and a kiss of vanilla in the finish.
2012 Wine & Spirits winery of the year! Founded in the early 1980s by Don and Wendy Lange, and now run by their son Jesse. A classic Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, packed with red fruits--cherries, plums and currants--with a hint of thyme, buttressed by balancing acidity and soft, graceful tannins. From the winery's notes: "Our 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir is the result of extensive and dedicated barrel tasting by our winemakers, Don Lange and Jesse Lange. Comprised of the most complex and delicious wines in the cellar, this multi-vineyard Pinot Noir is consistently crafted for lush fruit character, seamless balance, and elegance. The 2011 Pinot Noir 'Reserve' is very aromatic and high-toned, with notes of black raspberry, dark cherry, bouquet garni herbs, and coffee. The palate has bright yet round notes of dark sweet cherry and raspberry jam, accented by hints of orange peel and cocoa, all wrapped around toasty oak and a core of fine tannins. We recommend aerating the 2011 Pinot Noirs if you consume them young. For a delightful pairing, try this with 70% cacao dark chocolate, or bittersweet chocolate cake with berry coulis."