2015 Hundred Suns "Old Eight Cut" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1308286 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Old Eight Cut has a nose of black raspberries and baked cherries with touches of mossy bark and damp soil. Medium-bodied, softly textured and with a good amount of relatively uncomplicated juicy fruit, it has pleasant freshness on the finish. (LPB)  (8/2017)

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Price: $27.99
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Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2017 | Send Email
This wine is really one of the best Pinot Noirs in its class. 50% Whole cluster. Dark, chocolaty nose. Brambles. The sensation of slow, building acid. Some sweetness and scaled-back fruit. Not your typically, earthy Oregon Pinot. So much to love about this wine at the under-$30 mark.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
This Pinot Noir is a ROCKIN" wine. Sweet perfumed cherries, flowers and acidity all come together in this harmonious wine. Hundred Suns "Old Eight Cut" captures an attractive middle ground between the lighter and richer styles of Pinot being made in Willamette Valley. If you enjoy European-influenced Pinot with acidity, vibrancy and balance, this will blow you away!

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/20/2017 | Send Email
How many ways can you say wonderful? Try this Hundred Suns "Old eight cut" and try to find out! Wonderful floral (fresh cut violets), dark fruit nose with baking spices. Wonderful on the palate, with spices and pepper at the forefront, followed closely by lush, red fruits (dark cherries, cranberry). Finally, a wonderful price! I tend to try not to emphasize prices, as it is a relative subject, but, my gosh, this wine is amazing at this price point.

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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.


- 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 (%): 14.4