This 2018 Gravel Road Pinot Noir has a surprising expression of red fruit, especially given the blacker fruits usually associated with a warm growing season like 2018. Pronounced aromas of rhubarb/strawberry, juicy red plum, and black raspberry fruit is layered with allspice with a bit of cinnamon stick spice. Bright, sippy fruit of strawberry/rhubarb tartlet, red to black plum lifts upon a raft of delicious poised tannin. Classic spices like cardamom, allspice, and cinnamon stick contribute to this wine's attractiveness. With some age, I believe a lovely black cherry will slip out from behind the door making this a very interesting, complex Pinot Noir. Fresh fruity, berries ride a sanded tannin raft that sails on to the finish. The old world style offers bold flavor with balance and grace to pair well with nearly any food.
This is a fine value and widely available (for Oregon Pinot). Rhubarb and strawberry fruit flavors roll into sweet red cherry, lightly spiced. The medium-long finish is textured and balanced, the tannins smooth and lightly toasty.
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