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Ayoub Dundee Hills Estate Pinot noir 2011
The flagship of Ayoub Pinots floors us again. I believe this will be the finest of Mo's 2011s and the longest-lived. It smells amazing, complex and perfumed, displaying gorgeous red fruits, cedar-spice, and an evocative fresh-rain-on-earth quality. Raspberry, pie cherry and strawberry layers are wrapped with a ribbon of orange and clove. It's very silky upfront, with underlying mineral accents melding perfectly with the sweetness of the Ayoub Estate's fruit. This has depth of character to spare! Buy it, age it, love it. - Marcus
The 2011 Ayoub Estate Pinot Noir has a perfumed nose loaded with complex red fruits, savory notes, damp earth and cigar box. The palate is a seamless mesh of velvety tannins with vibrant acidity and undulating layers of Raspberries, pomegranate, strawberries, spice notes and minerality. This wine has great balance and it is a beautiful expression of Dundee Hills Pinot Noir.
The 2011 Ayoub Estate Pinot Noir was aged for 11 month in 35% new and 65% older French oak barrels. It is a crime to drink this wine young! Best from 2014 and has the potential to age for 10+ years. - the winery
360 cases made.
The Ayoub Dundee Hills Estate Pinot noir 2010 has Mo positively ecstatic and with good reason. It's powerful and elegant, the strongest Ayoub Estate yet, the 11 year-old vines starting to express themselves. Black cherry, orange blossom, and white pepper aromas lead into a rich palate of concentrated raspberry and bright pomegranate, before the finish captivates you with shavings of caramel and mint, and tremendous, creamy purity. Only 192 cases made.
2010 Wine Advocate - 93 points - The Ayoub 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard delves into animal and nobly fungal realms not plumbed by others of his wines that I tasted. Beef and mushroom stock mingle with tart-edged, seedy, and piquantly pit-inflected fresh blackberry and cherry, while a bittersweetly floral overtone suggests gentian. Lean yet polished, this finishes with fascinating and almost chewy intensity suggesting lentil sprouts and toasted nuts as well as the black fruits an umami-rich meat and mushroom elements already alluded to. I would expect it to fascinate for at least the better part of a decade, even as it's already hard to put down the glass and move on. (And in fact, I returned to this and a couple of other Ayoub 2010s after some hours and they continued to acquit themselves superbly.) - David Schildknecht
2010 Wine Spectator - 93 points - Light, taut and appealing for its currant and distinctly floral flavors, remaining lively, stylish and focused through the finish. Gets better with each sip. Drink now through 2018. - H.S.
Ayoub's Oregon Pinots tend towards the contrarian for the vintage - the 06 was more elegant than most, the 07 was darker and more intense. Mo did it again with the 2008, an exceptionally silky, feminine Pinot with very well integrated tannins and a more elegant first impression. In a hot vintage, the 2009, Mo's Estate was complex and pretty, subtle and seamless.
The 2010 bucks the vintage again. A very late harvest and heavy damage from birds didn't stop Mo. The 2010 is round and full flavored. A velvet wine with an intense scent. A layered and beautifully balanced wine.
Perfumed aromas of complex red fruits, orange blossom, damp earth, black cardamom and tobacco pipe. Black cherries, pomegranate, with delicate touches of nutmeg and white pepper envelope the palate. It is heightened by bright acidity and amazing purity. The seamless velvety texture leads into a layered and beautifully balanced finish. It will benefit from time in the cellar and has the potential to age for 12+ years. - Mo Ayoub
Ayoub's Estate Pinot noir...the elegant...the classy... is quintessential Dundee Hills: refined, silky, seamless. Open up the 2009, try it over several hours, and it's like a jazz quartet trading fours -- pretty red fruit on tenor sax, the melange of spices, orange essence, and maple on piano, structure on bass, and minerality on drums. All have their flourishes, their moments of brilliance, that build in intensity and take you back to the top. While this fantastic Pinot noir is starting to show well now, its complexity is better suited to drinking on day two or three, or cellaring for a few years. - Marcus
2009 Wine Spectator - 93 points - Silky, subtle and expressive, offering a lovely, transparent mouthful of cherry, blackberry and cinnamon flavors that remain aloft and lively through the long finish against well-buffed tannins. Drink now through 2019. - H.S.
The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate is a prototype for the vintage. Light in color but concentrated on the palate, it is an elegant, spicy, stylish wine reminiscent of a Dujac village offering. Drink this friendly effort over the next 5-6 years. - Jay Miller
The elegant...the classy...Ayoub's Estate Pinot noir is quintessential Dundee Hills: refined, silky, seamless. Open up the 2009, try it over several hours, and it's like a jazz quartet trading fours -- pretty red fruit on tenor sax, the melange of spices, orange essence, and maple on piano, structure on bass, and minerality on drums. All have their flourishes, their moments of brilliance, that build in intensity and take you back to the top.
While this fantastic Pinot noir is starting to show well now, its complexity is better suited to drinking on day two or three, or cellaring for a few years. - Marcus
The Ayoub vineyard is located in the heart of the Dundee Hills on red clay volcanic soil that is ideal for producing the finest Oregon Pinot noirs. This particular vintage has aromas of red fruits, dried orange peel, cardamom and sweet oak spice. Only 425 cases were made so buy enough to cellar as this wine is expected to age well for more than fifteen years.
Rex Pickett, author of SIDEWAYS, spoke highly of Ayoub in an article he wrote for TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine in March of 2009. "Ayoub's wines are bold, rustic and some of the finest expressions of the pinot noir grape I've ever tasted."
Deliciously aromatic. Spiced strawberries and pie cherries, cedar, and a creaminess that flows through the wine from start to finish. The silky red fruits gain weight in the glass and pick up a dark currant bottom note and subtle dried thyme. Perfectly ripe, with sweet fruit finding its match in fresh acidity. This is such a pretty wine - the finish reminds us of a strawberry tart with a dollop of fresh cream. Make room in your cellar, as this is sure to be a hit of Oregon's amazing 2008 vintage. - Marcus
"Silky, polished and beautifully focused to let its orange peel, tea-tinged berry and red currant flavors sail through the long, expressive finish. Stylish and immediately appealing, but there are layers of extra nuances to come out. Drink now through 2018." - HS
Wine Spectator on Ayoub: "Ayoub is everything those of us want if we prize small, hands-on winegrowers who focus on one special place. The 2008, about to be released, is a marvel of complex red fruits, earthy undertones and mascarpone notes on a silky, seductive frame." - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator 4-23-10
Made by Robert Brittan, whose own Pinot noirs are some of the best from Oregon's newer wineries.
Ayoub Pinot noir 07 - A huge mid palate of concentrated flavor - on the darker side compared to many of 2007 Pinots. Loads of blueberry, oak spice, hints of vanilla cream and black currant, finishing with scrumptious black cherry and brown sugar. When first opened, the acidity is prominent, but it softens nicely with time in a decanter. Like many of the high-end 2007 Pinots, this will enjoy a long life in your cellar, and pairs well with food in the near term.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 91 points: "The 2007 Ayoub Pinot Noir was made by Josh Bergstrom. Sourced from low yields of 1.8 tons per acre, it was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 11 months in 35% new French oak. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up an expressive nose of smoke, black cherry, and plum. Sizeable for the vintage, it offers a big mouthful of sweet fruit, good concentration, and plenty of depth. This lengthy effort will evolve for 3-4 years and drink well through 2020."
Mo Ayoub's vineyard is in a great neighborhood. With a four-acre parcel tucked into the prime Pinot land of the Dundee Hills, Mo is a stone's throw from Maresh, Rambouillet (Dusky Goose), Winderlea (Goldschmidt), and many other oustanding vineyards. 2007 is the final vintage of Ayoub made by Josh Bergstrom.
Tasting notes from the winery: The 2007 Ayoub Pinot Noir has dark color with surprising levels of intensity, concentration, and finesse from good physiological ripeness. It is consistent with the unique style of the vineyard - boasting amazing aromas of raspberries, black cherries and nutmeg, presenting remarkable structure, silky tannins and minerality. The wine is heightened by bright acidity, hints of complex earth and pepper that provide a long and layered finish. This wine will reward patience and will benifit from time in the cellar. It has great potential to age in the bottle for 10+ years. This is a very exciting vintage showcasing Oregon's cool, classic style.
400 cases were made.