2012 Adelsheim "Nicholas Vineyard" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1260606 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid ruby-red. Explosively perfumed scents of raspberry liqueur, cherry-cola, Asian spices and rose oil, with subtle vanilla and mocha notes in the background. Stains the palate with intense red berry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors that gain sweetness and depth with air. Smoothly plays richness off of vivacity and finishes with superb clarity and length and plush, fully integrated tannins. (JR)  (7/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Framed beautifully with scents and flavors of toasted hazelnut (the property was orginally a walnut, hazelnut and plum orchard), this builds its substantial core around deep black cherry fruit. The density and length are impressive, and though delicious already, it will surely gain in complexity with further aging. Drink now through 2025.  (12/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Pinot Noir Nicholas Vineyard comes from purchased fruit in the Chehalem Mountains from vines that were planted in 2001 on loess soils and matured in 28% new oak for ten months (these vines are bottled by proprietors Nick and Sheila Nicholas under their Anam Cara label.) It has a little more animation on the nose compared to the Calkin's Lane '12, with vivacious black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. The palate is very well balanced, lithe and harmonious in the mouth, very pure and gradually building in intensity with a caressing, very elegant finish... (NM)  (3/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Broad, spicy and open-textured, this is light on its feet, with black cherry at the core and hints of red berry sparkling around tarry notes and crinkly tannins on the finish. (Web Only—2015)

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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 Spätburgunder 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.

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.


- 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.