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Thomas Winery Acme Wineworks Rose NV

The Thomas Acme Wineworks Rose NV is my must-have summer wine. I'm thinking of long summer evenings on the front porch, watching the sunset over the mountains west of my house, the scent of evening blooming honeysuckle, and best of all, the Thomas Acme Rose sliding down my gullet.

The scent is strawberry, raspberry, and melon. Flavors are sweet red raspberry, wild strawberry, a hint of creamy kiwi, and a long finish with more berries and a hint of just-right citrus.

JT made 100 cases of this exquisite Rose - applying the same skill that makes his Pinots cult favorites. We HIGHLY recommend this wine for summer - partially fermented in oak.

John Thomas makes a very small amount of Estate Pinot noir from his vineyard in the Dundee Hills near Carlton, Oregon. His wines are elegant, with finesse and complexity chosen over fruit bomb qualities. He considers his competition to be the better Burgundies of Chambolle-Musigny or Volnay, not CA style Pinots.

2003 Vintage Tasting notes The 2003 Pinot noir from Thomas Winery has a beautiful nose of Santa Rosa plum, with flavors of red berries and minerals. The wine has wonderful balance, with good acidity and structure. While his lower priced, "Acme" wines show Asian Five Spice in the nose and palate, this wine, picked at perfect physiological maturity, shows pure raspberry and herbal notes.

Tanzer gave the 2002 vintage of this wine 92 points and said: "Vibrant dark red. Gorgeous floral nose combines raspberry, wild strawberry, perfumed Thai basil, fennel and emphatic mineral tones. The suave palate takes one straight to the high-rent neighborhoods of Chambolle-Musigny or Volnay, offering wonderful balance and finesse to burn. Clean, brisk, energetic finish piles on the red berry and mineral notes. Elegant, captivating and complete pinot noir. This matches up quite well with the many superb Thomas pinots of the past."

About the Winery

JT planted his 4 acre vineyard in 1984 with the densest vine count then existing in the US. Domaine Drouhin followed with similar density in 1989, and actually purchased all of his 1990 harvest, before their vines started producing.

JT is a one man band, doing everything himself, from propogation to planting, pruning, thinning, winemaking, marketing, and of course, lots of tasting.

His wines are made with the better Burgundies of Chambolle-Musigny or Volnay. The emphasis is on finesse, a pure presentation of Pinot noir, carefully picked at the exact peak moment of maturity and aged 20-24 months in 50% new oak. If you prefer purity to the massive jam bomb styled Pinots, this is a wine for you.

Retail $14.95


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