2012 Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Noir
The Three Vineyard Pinot Noir is always Chehalem’s initial view of, and an accurate summary for any given vintage of Pinot Noir coming out of our cellars. If this Pinot is saying anything, it is that the 2012 Pinot Noirs are going to be big, bold, balanced, and beautiful! The color is that of deep garnet, with richness on the nose and palate showing dark fruit, black currants and blackberries, earthy pepper and clove-spice, slight pine-tar, and tea leaves. The palate is as rich as the nose, textured and layered, with some firm and rich mid-palate tannins that evolve to show a lengthy finish and focused, balanced acid. The wine opens more near the end, exuding lavender, rye bread, and coffee.