2013 Rastaban Pinot Noir

$ 55.00 / Bottle

“The eye of the Dragon”. A star in the Northern Constellation, Draco is known as the head of the dragon; which is full of wisdom! This was the first year that Jimi Brooks discovered a handful of barrels that were simply too exciting to blend with the other Pinot Noirs. While we still maintain a philosophy of blending our wines, we aren’t opposed to showcasing a small lot on its own – if it proves to be exceptional. Only 300 cases produced.
Chris Blanchard, MS

Fresh like rain on the sidewalk, spicy cherry, orange peel, rhubarb and black plum. Like opening up the spice cabinet and getting inspiration for dinner. I’ve spent 10 minutes on the nose and still haven’t tasted it. Mulberry, loganberry, black cherry, marionberry, huckleberry, white mushroom, black currant, violet candies, etc. Crazy complexity. In the mouth everything is confirmed. Lush cherry candy. violets, sage, basil, mushrooms, wild berries, wrapped up in a nest of bacon. This is such a beautiful, fat, smoky, unctuous crazy good Pinot Noir. What else can I say? I’m drinking it now.

This is your show stopper for the main course, which could easily include a seared fillet, duck and brandied cherries, venison with fruit, squab, lamb, etc. Or just drink it outside on the patio with friends.

Vintage: 2013
Vineyard: Brooks Estate
AVA: Eola – Amity Hills
Date Planted: 1973 – 2001
Soil Type: Jory
Elevation: 650-750’
Exposure: Southeast Facing
Clones: Pommard, 115 & 777
Farming Method: Biodynamic
Irrigation: None
Yeast: Native
Time in Barrel: 18 months in French Oak
Date Bottled: May, 2015
Alcohol: 12.0%
pH: 3.61
TA: 5.9 g/L
Case Production: 300
Suggested Retail: $55
Prince of Pinot – 93 Points

Vinous – 93 Points

Vivid red. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes fresh red berries, Asian spices and pungent flowers and develops a mineral nuance with air. Sappy and concentrated but light on its feet, offering vibrant raspberry, blood orange and candied rose flavors sharpened by a peppery flourish. Picks up a succulent herbal nuance with air and finishes spicy, floral and impressively long, leaving a sappy red berry note behind. This suave Pinot, which was raised in 20 percent new French oak, showcases the best attributes of the vintage and clocks in at a mere 12 percent alcohol.

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