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Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2008

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Although the wines are just starting to be released, the press has already been kind to the 2008 vintage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Harvey Steinman, from Wine Spectator, has already proclaimed it as “Oregon’s Miracle 2008 Vintage” and has said, “This may be Oregon’s best vintage yet.” We are not likely to disagree with such praise as we release our first 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir (c’mon, we aren’t stupid), but we also realize the proof of greatness truly is in the bottle. Throughout much of the 2008 growing season, the vintage did not look so positive. Ripening was consistently behind normal, sometimes a few weeks behind and at other times appearing more than a month behind normal maturation. We worked very closely with our growers to do our part to overcome this, dropping the crop to 1 cluster per shoot prior to flowering. That is quite risky as bad weather at flowering could have left us with virtually no fruit whatsoever. This certainly helped, but what truly saved the harvest was an incredible period of fantastic weather in early October. The first few weeks of October in Oregon are often spent dodging raindrops but in 2008 the skies cleared, the temperatures warmed, and the grapes ripened, and we were allowed to harvest almost at leisure at optimal levels of ripeness. We believe that the 2008 Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir is a superb introduction to this highly acclaimed vintage. Not only is it a blend of some fantastic wines but we have endeavored to price it very fairly. The Chehalem Pinot Noir is comprised of fruit from the Muirfield, Beran, and Arbre Vert Vineyards. These vineyards possess the type of character that comes in part with age….with Muirfield being the youngest vines at 17 years old. Both Arbre Vert and Beran sport vines that are 30+ years old. The wine shows red cherry and clove flavors, with a smooth, velvet-like texture. On the mid-palate the wine closes down slightly, due undoubtedly to its youth, but the finish opens up again and is lingering, long, and fine-grained with lively acidity carrying the fruit flavors on and on. This wine certainly drinks well now, especially with food, but will be even better with 6 months in the cellar.

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Siduri Wines:
Siduri started more than 15 years ago in our native Texas. At the time it was a dream shared by two wine geeks (us!) who wanted nothing more than to move to California and make killer Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards we could find. Today that dream is a reality. In 2004 Siduri celebrated its 10 year anniversary. We can hardly believe it, but between two wine labels (Siduri and sister la... Read more
Siduri started more than 15 years ago in our native Texas. At the time it was a dream shared by two wine geeks (us!) who wanted nothing more than to move to California and make killer Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards we could find. Today that dream is a reality. In 2004 Siduri celebrated its 10 year anniversary. We can hardly believe it, but between two wine labels (Siduri and sister label Novy Family Wines) and three beautiful children, we are beyond blessed and beyond busy! With our small but tireless crew we produce over 25 different Pinot Noir wines each year, representing the largest Pinot Noir focus of any California winery. We invite you to use this site to learn more about our wines, winemaking, and vineyards as well as to access our online tasting notes. To receive information directly from the winery on special wine offerings, events and tastings, please take a moment to join our mailing list. Next time your travels take you to the wine country, be sure to give us a call. We would be delighted to have you visit the winery for a personal tour and tasting. Thanks again for your interest in Siduri. We love what we do and enjoy the opportunity to share with others. Adam & Dianna Lee Read less

Member Reviews for Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: EMark
8478048,360
3.00 5
11/16/2011

Clear, close to transparent, ruby color in the glass. Yeasty, musty nose. Very light on the palate. This is not a fruit bomb. Some cherry tones. Almost a slight taste of alcohol, but no heat. So, no worries there. No acid to speak of. Nice lingering finish.US$26.99 at Total Wine.


Snooth User: rckr1951
1275033,757
3.00 5
04/02/2017

A strawberry, raspberry red in the glass. Plenty of red berry fruits on the nose with vanilla and loads of spice. The acidity is in charge here. A little to much to be honest. Had it been more in balance this could have easily been an 88 pt wine. The fruit comes through with the spice and vanilla layered in, maybe the last bottle will have to sit so the juice can integrate better. 87 pts - Drink now - Paul


External Reviews for Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

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04/02/2017

Four and a half glasses



Although the wines are just starting to be released, the press has already been kind to the 2008 vintage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Harvey Steinman, from Wine Spectator, has already proclaimed it as “Oregon’s Miracle 2008 Vintage” and has said, “This may be Oregon’s best vintage yet.” We are not likely to disagree with such praise as we release our first 2008 Oregon Pinot Noir (c’mon, we aren’t stupid), but we also realize the proof of greatness truly is in the bottle. Throughout much of the 2008 growing season, the vintage did not look so positive. Ripening was consistently behind normal, sometimes a few weeks behind and at other times appearing more than a month behind normal maturation. We worked very closely with our growers to do our part to overcome this, dropping the crop to 1 cluster per shoot prior to flowering. That is quite risky as bad weather at flowering could have left us with virtually no fruit whatsoever. This certainly helped, but what truly saved the harvest was an incredible period of fantastic weather in early October. The first few weeks of October in Oregon are often spent dodging raindrops but in 2008 the skies cleared, the temperatures warmed, and the grapes ripened, and we were allowed to harvest almost at leisure at optimal levels of ripeness. We believe that the 2008 Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir is a superb introduction to this highly acclaimed vintage. Not only is it a blend of some fantastic wines but we have endeavored to price it very fairly. The Chehalem Pinot Noir is comprised of fruit from the Muirfield, Beran, and Arbre Vert Vineyards. These vineyards possess the type of character that comes in part with age….with Muirfield being the youngest vines at 17 years old. Both Arbre Vert and Beran sport vines that are 30+ years old. The wine shows red cherry and clove flavors, with a smooth, velvet-like texture. On the mid-palate the wine closes down slightly, due undoubtedly to its youth, but the finish opens up again and is lingering, long, and fine-grained with lively acidity carrying the fruit flavors on and on. This wine certainly drinks well now, especially with food, but will be even better with 6 months in the cellar.

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