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2017 Gran Moraine "Dropstone" Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir

SKU #1462410 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep crimson. Powerful red and blue fruit liqueur, potpourri, incense and smoky mineral scents are complemented by hints of cola and exotic spices. Alluringly sweet and penetrating on the palate, offering densely packed, spice-laced cherry, black raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors and a strong undercurrent of smoky minerality. Fine-grained tannins frame and shape a powerful, mineral-driven finish that lingers with superb persistence and a sweetening touch of vanilla. (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Dropstone has a medium ruby color and nose of black cherries, wild blackberries, forest floor, oolong tea leaves, lilacs, crushed stone and blood orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied and silky with intense, nuanced fruits, a firm frame and juicy acidity, finishing long and fragrant. This will benefit from another year in bottle. (EB) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

Oregon Wine Country is an extraordinary place sculpted by the floods of the last ice age. It's also a series of valleys much like the ones found in Burgundy. The Yamhill Carlton AVA, located in the northern Willamette Valley, consists of ancient marine sedimentary-based soils, Mediterranean weather patterns, and neatly combed benchlands. Gran Moraine embodies the confluence of these elements which create a perfect setting to craft classic Burgundian varieties - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Winery note: "Nose: Cracked black pepper, caramel, soy sauce, European plumb raspberry, Rooibos tea, Darjeeling tea, warm motor oil, chocolate, chili powder, cayenne pepper. Palate: Choke cherries, cranberries, raspberries, Austin Texas Asian fusion/bbq joint Loro, green tea, Jasmine, well worn leather. Texture: Beautiful bright vibrancy, mouth watering acidity, a tightly coiled spring, very long blue."

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