Cloudline Pinot Noir 2013
Clouldine is owned by Dreyfus Ashby (importer for Joseph Drouhin Burgundies), and boasts Veronique Drouhin as a consultant winemaker. This Oregon Pinot Noir is a beautiful ruby in color and offers aromas of berry fruit, blackcurrant and spice on the nose. On the palate, a wonderful texture and a long, flavorful finish. A lovely, elegant red wine from the Willamette Valley.
Two and a half glasses
Now I'll be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of Pinor Noir, but having lived in Portland for a few years and traveling extensively throughout the Willamette Valley, I have to admit it kinda grows on you! The 2008 Cloudline Oregon Pinot Noir is not a pure Willamette Valley wine, but is a blend of wine from a variety of Oregon vineyards. This is one of the lighter Pinot Noirs that I've had, and it tends to have more delicate flavors than some heavier wines. The wine itself has a nose that is somewhat woodsy, with mild floral aromas, that hints at the lightness. As for the taste, it's a fruit forward wine with hints of blackberry and an almost honey-like sweetness, with a finish that was somewhat lacking. This wine is light enough that I would hesitate to pair it with a full meal, instead I think it's an ideal wine for a cheese course, particularly made up soft cheeses that would not overpower the delicate nature of this wine. Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 3.5, it's certainly not a "knock your socks off" sort of wine, but for the $12-15 price tag, it certainly is a value among Oregon Pinots!
Descent Pinot for the price, need more structure
smooth, minerals, a nice light wine that is perfect for summer.
A great Pinot for a great price. Fruity, mild tannins, a great wine for every day.
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TASTING NOTES: The 2013 Cloudline has a brilliant ruby color and medium body, which is true to Oregon Pinot Noir. On the nose and following through on the palate, I find bright red and black cherries, with a framework of cola nut and ripe dark fruit. Tannins are soft, and the finish is graceful. This is a wine to enjoy tonight, or sometime in the next 3-5 years. - Véronique Drouhin DESCRIPTION: The 2013 growing season in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley was warm and relatively even. Picking began in early September under clear skies, and after a surprise burst of weather, optimal conditions returned for the last few days of picking. The result is an interesting marriage of cooler and warmer year characteristics, making 2013 a unique, balanced and exciting vintage in the Northern Willamette Valley. FOOD PAIRINGS: Pinot Noir is well-suited to pair with poultry, beef, fish, ham, lamb and pork. It will play well with creamy sauces, spicy seasonings and may just be one of the world's most versatile food wines.
Deep ruby red in color, this wine is soft and round on the palate, with a focus on cherries and red fruits. An overall fruit forward wine that is thoroughly enjoyable.
Cloudline is deep ruby red, a sign of its classic Pinot Noir character. On the palate, the wine is soft and round, with a delightful core of cherries and red fruits. - Winery
Cloudline is deep ruby red, a sign of its classic Pinot Noir character. On the palate, the wine is soft and round, with a delightful core of cherries and red fruits. The structure is perhaps even a bit better than the much-admired 2005 Cloudline, and the overall fruit-forwardness makes for a wine that is thoroughly enjoyable now and for the next several years to come. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **
Cloudline wines are a project of importer Dreyfus Ashby, vinified with guidance from DDO's Veronique Drouhin. It's a professional product, clean and straightforward, with tart red fruits and striking acidity. The tannins, ripe and firm, provide some finishing heft. - P.G. ** SOLD OUT **
On the nose, there is an immediate burst of bright, fresh red fruits, including strawberry and raspberry, followed by an earthy quality. On the palate, the wine has fine texture, soft tannins, good acidity and a strong core of fruit. It is a wine that offers immediate pleasure, on its own, or better yet, in the company of a delicious meal. All in all, the 2007 is classic Pinot Noir. - Winery
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