2011 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Schwarz" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1165372 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From some of Charles Couryís historic old vines (for more about which see my Issue 202 Teutonic reviews), Teutonicís 10.5% alcohol 2011 Pinot Noir Bergsptize Laurel Vineyard brims with tart red currant, sour cherry laced with musky, sharp radish and piquant orange and lemon rinds, all features found in many Pinots of its vintage, though here in an improbably lightweight and sharply-etched context. Paired carefully this will prove fascinating to employ at table, but for how long I canít say. The malic acidity was sky-high here, but for whatever reason, the conversion to lactic acid did not leave behind the awkward milky character that I found in Teutonicís corresponding estate ('Alsea') Pinot Noir. (And a third Pinot from Adams Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains was also lactic as well as slightly dull and bitter in finish.) (DS)  (10/ 2013)

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By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/14/2014  | Send Email
There are plenty of people who will tell you that the 2011 vintage in Oregon was terrible. Horrible. Totally awful. Unfortunately for the winemakers in Oregon, that's all a lot of wine lovers ever hear. Unfortunate, I say, because so many of the wines made from the vintage are actually quite lovely--lean, aromatic and distinctive. Take this Pinot from the folks at Teutonic. It's the color of fire and ice roses, with a stunning, spicy and floral nose that makes me think of Chiavanesca. Taut fruit, this is not for people who like BIG Pinots, but if you like your wines like carefully crafted lace, this is for you.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/28/2014  | Send Email
This is a barrel selection that is based upon aromatic intensity and textural delicacy; not surprisingly, we love it! Not trying to be Burgundy, and for that matter, nor is this very Willamette. It is very, well, Teutonic - light, beautifully cherry scented, and surprisingly complex and satisfying while being so light on its feet. Absolutely worth a try.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/10/2014  | Send Email
Spatburgunder finally comes to Oregon! Rather than a dark-fruited, brooding, and structured Pinot Noir from the Pac NW, we're witnessing a German-styled red wine that's light in color, lush-fruited, and elegant in style. This is like German Pinot Noir in every way, with lovely aromatics and hints of baking spice.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spštburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 10.5