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Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Estate Selection 2006

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"The 2006 Pinot Noir Estate Selection is a blend of five vineyards.Medium ruby-colored, it offers aromas of strawberry and cherry, softtannins, and an easy-going personality. The flavors are savory but thewine is in need of complexity. Erath Winery is one of Oregonspioneers with its first vintage occurring in 1972. Dick Erath sold thewinery to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates recently but remains the largestgrower for the winery (which owns no vineyards). Current production isat 125,000 cases with the Oregon Pinot Noir bottling accounting foralmost two-thirds of that total."Jay Miller, Wine Advocate # 179, Oct 2008

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Erath Vineyards:
Erath wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The red, iron-rich Jory soils, combined with gentle breezes and warming sunshine of a marine climate, have bestowed upon Dundee a terroir of note. It has given rise to the handcrafting phenomenon, and the art of Pinot. As one of Oregon&r... Read more
Erath wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The red, iron-rich Jory soils, combined with gentle breezes and warming sunshine of a marine climate, have bestowed upon Dundee a terroir of note. It has given rise to the handcrafting phenomenon, and the art of Pinot. As one of Oregon’s wine pioneers, Dick Erath had always been as tenacious in his approach to Pinot as the Pinot grape is stubborn. The engineer-turned-viticulturist was first inspired to pursue winemaking in 1965 after an early garage experiment. After completing coursework at UC-Davis in 1968, Erath relocated his family from California to the untamed red hills of Dundee. An unheated logger’s cabin on 49 acres would serve as home – and ad hoc winery – for several years. The following spring, he planted the Dundee Hill’s first wine grapes – 23 varieties. Pinot Noir flourished. By 1972, Erath had produced his first commercial wine of 216 cases – the first official wine production in the Dundee Hills. Enchanted with French varietals, he soon began testing non-California clones and was instrumental in importing French clones to Oregon in 1974. In 1976, Erath broke ground on the first winery in the Dundee Hills. Early successes, including the 1982 Pinot Noir vintage, inspired leading winemakers to move to Oregon to forge their own path in this special place. Disciplined in approach yet progressive in artistry, our winemaker Gary Horner, strives to reveal classic Oregon Pinot: light, delicate and fruit-forward. Gary’s goal of “making the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer – time honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon” is matched by his reputation of excellence. Read less

Member Reviews for Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Estate Selection

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
07/08/2010

Delicate blackberry notes on the nose. Smooth entry, with a surprising acidic core. Raspberry, and tart quince flavors on the finish with fig and mint notes persisting.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
08/30/2010

Earthy, loamy nose. Nice, velvety smooth mouthfeel and lots of rich red and black fruit with hints of spice. Really great depth on this pinot. - Tasted at winery 8/17/10


Snooth User: tkaasch
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4.00 5
01/24/2010

light

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Snooth User: daymerlin
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1.00 5
07/16/2009

Quite possibly the worst pinot noir I have ever tasted. Just poured a $40 bottle of wine down the drain.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
06/21/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Estate Selection

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesIndulgent aromas of ripe boysenberry and black cherry are an irresistible invitation to sink into this plush Pinot. A mouthful of mocha, praline and graham take you on a hedonistic journey that ebbs and fl ows without losing momentum. A beautiful mouth feel and a gloriously long fi nish crown this "princely" vintage. Drink from 2008 through 2016.


External Review
04/14/2010

Firm in texture, with cinnamon-accented blackberry and peppercorn flavors up front, turning toward mocha and cream as the finish lingers gently. Best from 2009 through 2016. 2,000 cases made. -HS Wine Spectator. A Pinot Noir wine from Oregon in USA. 2006 Erath Vineyards Pinot Noir Prince Hill 750ml


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesPie cherries with smoky and seductive herb garden aromas of sage and lavender. Cherry vanilla flavors with a hint of anise offer a sweet entry that leads to a satisfying even finish. Drink from 2007 through 2013.



"The 2006 Pinot Noir Estate Selection is a blend of five vineyards.Medium ruby-colored, it offers aromas of strawberry and cherry, softtannins, and an easy-going personality. The flavors are savory but thewine is in need of complexity. Erath Winery is one of Oregonspioneers with its first vintage occurring in 1972. Dick Erath sold thewinery to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates recently but remains the largestgrower for the winery (which owns no vineyards). Current production isat 125,000 cases with the Oregon Pinot Noir bottling accounting foralmost two-thirds of that total."Jay Miller, Wine Advocate # 179, Oct 2008

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