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Hamacher Pinot Noir Oregon 2003

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Awarded the highest score of any Oregon wine by the Wine Advocate.

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Hamacher Wines:
The Carlton Winemakers Studio (CWS) is an innovative, "green" cooperative winemaking facility that is an archetype for Oregon's wine industry, and the first of its kind built from the ground up in the nation. The 15,000-square-foot, gravity flow winery, located on two acres in historic Carlton has been home to some of the region's most exciting producers since 2002. "We wanted to take advantag... Read more
The Carlton Winemakers Studio (CWS) is an innovative, "green" cooperative winemaking facility that is an archetype for Oregon's wine industry, and the first of its kind built from the ground up in the nation. The 15,000-square-foot, gravity flow winery, located on two acres in historic Carlton has been home to some of the region's most exciting producers since 2002. "We wanted to take advantage of the opportunities building green presents," said Hamacher. "Green buildings take a longer view of costs and quality to create healthy, resource-efficient developments. Our winery is the counterpoint to traditional thinking by taking the stance that economics, environment and functionality can be a good match." The production efficiency of the design is what allows the cooperative to exist. Most wineries of this size (15,000 cases) may be able to process 30 tons of fruit on a "maximum" day, running into early hours of the next morning. "We've been able to process 130 tons and be home to catch the 11 o'clock news! We're increasing quality at the same time." "By having access to a top-notch winery, we can produce wines with an economic efficiency of production, in a synergistic environment with other great winemakers, resulting in world-class wines. This is the greatest economic setup I could possibly be in. I don't have to raise the bottle price to have access to great equipment or increase production to support a big infrastructure." said Hamacher. Read less

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Snooth User: lyzadanger
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3.50 5
02/24/2009

Recommend drinking soon, if you have some.


Snooth User: tofubomb
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3.50 5
04/26/2010

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Hamacher Pinot Noir Oregon

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The black fruit and fresh herb-scented 2002 Pinot Noir builds on the palate to reveal loads of black cherries and blackberries ensconced in considerable quantities of tannin. This wine has impressive depth, concentration, and power, most likely enough to sustain its significant structure. Projected maturity: 2008-2015.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A real attention-grabber. A wash of ripe plum, dried prune, currant and dusky spice flavors weaves a layer of balsamic vinegar through the long, complex finish. Not for all tastes, but it's a keeper. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

I've tasted this wine five times over the past two years and without a doubt, this formerly tannic and introverted wine has bloomed into an ultra-fragrant, silky and deep Pinot Noir. The nose is open with an expressive perfume of blackberries. Seductive aromas are backed up with a silky, caressing texture that coats the palate with raspberry liqueur, plum skin, minerality (slate) and fresh juicy cherries. Beautifully pure, unfiltered fruit provides extraordinary freshness of flavor while the density of the wine extends the finish for a full minute. I have served this wine on two separate occasions over the past month to a dozen or so guests. Without any input from me, my guests unanimously chose Hamacher '02 as the star of the evening. Drink now or hold for another 3-5 years.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

My mouth watered as I pulled in the superb aromas of the 2003 Pinot Noir. A hedonist's delight, it displays candied cherries, vanilla beans, hints of smoked bacon, ripe black plums, and Asian spices. This wine has unbridled power, massive concentration, sublimely sweet fruit, and awesome richness. Dominated by black cherries and black raspberries, it slathers across the palate in viscous waves, then lingers for 45 seconds or more in the finish. If this decadent wine gains in complexity with time it will be mind-boggling! Projected maturity: 2007-2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Lithe and elegant, a beautifully crafted red that has a welcome tang of fresh earth and lets its currants, blackberry and cherry flavors glide smoothly through the long, polished finish. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

One of the exceptionally rare outstanding reds from its vintage, the 2001 Pinot Noir displays cedar-tinged black cherry aromas. This medium-bodied, ample wine sports a lovely satiny texture, loads of spice-laden blackberries, dark cherries, and hints of blueberries. It is harmonious, lush, and has a long, fruit-packed finish. While it may age well, my inclination is to suggest drinking it over the next 3 years as experience has taught me to fear notes of cedar in young Pinots.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Fresh, forward scents of strawberry, berry and cherry jam are nicely played against flavors of chocolate, vanilla bean and even a hint of tea. This is sophisticated, artful winemaking, showing a skillful hand at the tiller. Delicious for near-term enjoyment.


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Awarded the highest score of any Oregon wine by the Wine Advocate.

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