2010 Privé "Le Nord" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir (Previously $60)

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Mark and Tina Hammond purchased a small vineyard in 1995 that was originally planted to Muller-Thurgau. What came next was a Burgundy-inspired venture, with the Hammonds grafting the vines over to Pinot Noir. William Gaffney of The Prince of Pinot writes: "The vines are meticulously farmed organically and yields are less than 2 tons per acre. In 2010 and 2011, the Hammonds made a conscious effort to pull back vigor and the resulting wines are more fruit forward. They believe that a subtle herbal note in the 2009 wines may have been secondary to excessive vigor. Four Pinot Noirs are currently released, three of which are estate grown. Le nord is from the upper, northern one acre, le sud is from the lower elevation, southern one acre, and a reserve named Joie de Vivre (Joy of Life) is crafted in half-barrel quantities and presented in an etched bottle. A Willamette Valley blend sourced from several Oregon Pinot Noir vineyards rounds out the lineup. Of the estate Pinot Noirs offered, le sud ripens faster and is picker at a slightly higher Brix, but in 2010 and 2011, the cooler vintages caused le nord to ripen quicker and that was picked at a higher Brix."

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