Award-winning wine writer & owner of WineJulia.com, Food & Wine Editor @EugeneDailyNews and Snooth Mentor. Willamette Valley & Southern Oregon wine expert. The lusciously elegant Pinot Noir captured my heart a long time ago.
In the Willamette Valley, 2007 was a year that many farmers heavily complained about the weather during harvest, which was immediately translated to consumers that it was a bad vintage; in truth, it was quite good. Much like a Burgundian, in terms of earthiness, balance and lower alcohol, the 2007 Jordan Block Pinot Noir had beautiful smoky, earthy aromas with hints of cherries and berries. On the palate, earth dominated the berry flavors, but the finish was all about the coffee and spice. Robust tannins and a solid acidic backbone add structure and character. Of the five wines in the vertical, this was one of my favorites.