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Owen Roe Pinot noir Kilmore 2012


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Wine Spectator 93 pts. Fresh, open-textured and inviting, with pure, precise currant and plum fruit riding over gentle, velvety tannins into a long and deftly balanced finish. Hints of cream and espresso add to the mix. Drink now through 2022.H.S.

This is a Kilmore fan's Kilmore, meaning it's everything you'd expect and want: dark fruit intensity, plushly textured, ready to enjoy now while having the stuffing to last several years. Dark berry compote and plum provides the core, with shadings of Indonesian coffee and panna cotta, and fresh cherry resonating on the long finish. You will like this. - Marcus

SF Chronicle Recommended 2010 Pinot: David O'Reilly's knack for crafting easy-to-please wines continues. This time the Kilmore taps two vineyards (Lenne and Merriman) aged in a mix of mostly older oak, for a lyrical, lush effort. Foresty underbrush, violets and a strong mineral component mix with dusky, heady fruit. A great example of the darker-hued flavors essential to the Oregon palette.- the Chronicle

Rumor has it the Owen Roe Kilmore 2010 Pinot noir may get a great writeup in Wine Spectator.

There are hints already - here's what Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman said about the wine when he visited Owen Roe: "The 2010s I tasted included a supple, velvety Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton (Kilmore) with gorgeous currant and red berry flavors."

The Kilmore has all of Owen Roe's trademark style, balancing David's love of full flavored ripe fruit with the restraint and berry-driven flavors of Oregon Pinot noir.

The nose is positively redolent of red raspberries, soft vanilla toast and a hint of roses. Think of fresh raspberries and blackberries picked off the vine on a hot summer day. There's a silky smooth texture and a subtle backbone that are essential characteristics of classic Pinot noir.

2006 International Wine Cellar - 90 points - Deep red. Powerfully scented nose offers ripe dark berries and cherry along with candied licorice and oak spices. Deeply concentrated and velvety, with sweet blackberry and kirsch flavors dominating. An undeniably impressive pinot in the outsized, sweet school, with serious finishing thrust and cling. I'd serve this with a smoky, peppery grilled hunk of red meat."

2005 Vintage Tasting Notes

A huge, intense nose full of dark plum, sweet nutmeg, cedar, and burnt hazelnut shell just sets the tone for this 2005 vintage rich yet beautifully balanced wine. Violets, rose, fresh herbs, white pepper, and nutmeg linger in the background. Flavors are of ripe blackberry, black currant, black cherry, and hints of creamy vanilla bookending the fruit flavors. Sweet spice and cedar are pervasive throughout, particularly in the long, layered finish.

The balance in this wine is impressive, with fresh, lively flavors with perfectly integrated acidity matched to tannins that promise cellaring but never intrude. The long finish of red raspberry, red cherry, and spice refreshes and suggests this wine will go well with a wide range of foods.

The Kilmore Pinot is made from grapes from Cummins Ridge and Lenne Vineyards, both in the Yamill-Carlton appellation. Unfortunately, it's very, very limited. -jy

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