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Foris Pinot Noir Rogue Valley 2008
The 2008 vintage was distinctive for being a little cooler than usual. For Pinot Noir in the Rogue Valley, that’s a good thing. And as the fruit was harvested, we became excited that the vintage had the potential to be outstanding, with a lot of careful tending to the details in the winery. The wine exhibits fragrant fruit notes of blackberry, boysenberry and cherry with lots of spice. Five Spice, lavender, sandalwood and the aroma of a loamy cedar forest are quite forward. Well integrated French oak and fine tannins are a bit firm on entry, yet will become more voluptuous over time. The wine straddles the stylistic fence between being a forward, pretty, feminine style yet with enough structure, dark fruit and spice character that veers towards a more masculine style.
Was very pleased with this Pinot Noir, but I haven't drank much Pinot Noir so that's not saying much. Cherry and raspberry, and a loamy forest floor thing going on with the nose. Good sense of terroir and vintage climate coming from this one. Tasting it the fruit is counterbalanced well by the subtle oak and earthy forest flavors. Big fan.
Tasted this at a company luncheon today - it was drinkable but I wouldn't say I particularly enjoyed it. Bright red color, underripe fruit flavors, lots of acidity and virtually no tannins. I would be annoyed if I paid more than $8 a bottle for this.
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