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Ayoub Memoirs Pinot noir 2012


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By far the best Memoirs bottling to date, this compares favorably to Mo's single vineyard wines. It's black cherry-driven, something I almost always find attractive in Oregon Pinot. The finish fans out and darkens with more time open. As Mo suggests, this wine will continue to improve in your cellar but I think it's delicious today. Only 200 cases made. - Marcus

From Mo: "Memoirs is my fond personal tribute to my family. The picture on the 2012 label features a picture of my dad taken in his store in the early 1960s. The 2012 Memoirs is a blend of Pinot Noir crafted from four top producing vineyards in the Dundee Hills & McMinnville AVAs. The diversity of the vineyards gives this wine a wide array of layered flavors & complexity. The enticing nose welcomes you with a mixture of black cherry, blueberries, nutmeg, white pepper and loam. The palate offers an array of black and red fruit, orange zest, framed in round/well integrated tannin. The long expressive finish is highlighted with hints of minerality and exotic spices. The 2012 Memoirs was aged for 11 months in new and older French oak barrels. I recommend you hold the wine 6 months or more before you drink it. This wine will age well and you can cellar it for 10 years."

Ayoub Memoirs Pinot noir is Mo Ayoub's tribute to his family, each vintage features a different family photo.

2011 vintage notes: Winemaker Mo Ayoub: "The 2011 Memoirs is a blend of Pinot Noir crafted from five select top producing vineyards in the Dundee Hills & McMinnville AVAs. The diversity of the vineyards gives this wine a wide array of layered flavors & complexity. The enticing nose welcomes you with a mixture of mulling spices, cherry and pretty oak. On the palate, you get a burst of creamy raspberry, spiced cherry pie and savory notes framed in soft, round, well integrated tannin and highlighted with refreshing acidity." 2010 Vintage

The 2010 Memoirs features a photo of “Little Mo”, a picture of Mo when he was ~2 years old.

The 2010 Memoirs is a blend of Pinot Noir crafted from five select top producing vineyards in the Dundee Hills, McMinnville & Yamhill-Carlton AVAs. The diversity of the AVAs gives this wine a wide array of layered flavors & complexity. On the palate, you get a burst of raspberry, spiced black cherry pie, savory notes and a rich texture highlighted with refreshing acidity. Hints of clove, cinnamon, black pepper and pretty oak lingers on the lengthy finish.

The 2009 Memoirs was aged for 11 month in new and older French oak barrels. This wine will age well and you can cellar it for 10-12 years.

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

2009 Wine Spectator - 90 points - Appealingly transparent, with a lovely bead of cherry, orange tea and nutmeg flavors that glide over polished tannins into the long, expressive finish. - H.S.

Mo says: "Memoirs is my fond personal tribute to my family. The 2009 Memoirs features a photo of my parents back in 1953, enjoying a leisurely lunch in the beautiful mountains of Lebanon."

Ayoub Memoirs Pinot noir 2009

The 2009 Memoirs is a blend of Pinot Noir crafted from four select top producing vineyards in the Dundee Hills, McMinnville & Yamhill-Carlton AVAs. The diversity of the AVAs gives this wine a wide array of layered flavors & complexity. It has tons of richly textured fruit framed in with silky tannins and highlighted with refreshing acidity. Hints of anise, black pepper, pretty oak lingers on the lengthy finish.

The wine was barrel aged for 11 months in 25% new and 75% older French oak barrels. You can enjoy this wine now or cellar it for 10-15 years. Only 350 cases were made.

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

Ayoub's well priced tribute to his family, "Memoirs" Pinot noir 07, is a blend of four Pinots from high end, highly rated Oregon wineries - so good that they could be described as Oregon wine royalty. Mo bought barrels of their wine for his "Memoirs" project under the condition that they remain anonymous.

Ayoub Memoirs Pinot noir 2007

Although we can't tell you the wineries' names, the quality is obvious. Taste this Pinot and try to identify the high end wines in the blend. Ayoub's Estate wine is one of the four sources. The other three are top tier Oregon wineries, familiar to everyone.

A "Memoir" in honor of Mo Ayoub's fond recollections of family, this Pinot is dark in the glass, with a vivid perfume of sweet cherry and raspberry compote, dried roses, and a hint of spicy incense. Velvet-textured and ripe, the wine is flush with black cherry and blackberry flavors, seasoned with a hint of Bourbon vanilla. Easy, velvety tannins balance a streak of fresh red cherry acidity that adds structure. Swirling the glass, the finish evolves to include a reiteration of the rose petal and incense notes of the nose. - Avalon

It is a pleasure to introduce my latest Pinot noir, Memoirs. Memoirs is my fond personal tribute to my family. The photo featured on the 2007 Memoir Pinot Noir inaugural release was taken in 1964 as my family enjoyed a day at the beach in BeirutLebanon. This photo is the first of many that I look forward to sharing with you. - Mo Ayoub

The 2007 Memoirs is a blend of Pinot Noir created from four select top producing vineyards in the Dundee Hills & Eola Hills AVAs. The wine was barrel aged for 18 months in 25% new and 75% older French oak barrels. It has aromas of dark cherry preserves, exotic spice and a hint of eucalyptus. The mouth-feel is broad and silky with subtle oak spice and soft tannins framing elegant cherries, red plum, cranberry and maple. The lengthy finish is highlighted by seductively sweet vanilla and well balanced acidity. This wine will benefit from time in the cellar, and it has 7-10 years aging potential.

Only 380 cases were made.

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