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Whistling Dog Heritage Blocks Pinot noir 2010


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An outstanding value. This is packed with rich cherry, blue and black berry flavors, accented by cinnamon and thyme. It is beautifully structured to age for a decade or more.

Most wineries, rightfully, ask big bucks for their old vine Pinots. Not Whistling Dog's Tom and Celeste Symonette. This tiny 3-barrel ($75 case) production comes from their dry-farmed, 30 year-old block of Heritage clones (Pommard and Wadenswil). One of the very few sub-$25 Pinots deserving of our Reserve Pinot Noir Club. The only $24 thing about this Pinot is the price tag.

Previous vintage notes: The 2009 NSV Estate Heritage Blocks Pinot was produced from own-rooted, dry-farmed Pommard and Wadenswil clones planted in 1981; the wine was made using 100% whole berry grapes, native yeasts, and minimalist winemaking techniques. Aged nineteen months in barrel, using 50% new oak; 17 months in bottle upon release.

Whistling Dog Cellars is owned by Celeste and Cedar Rapids native Tom Symonette and was founded in 1988. Tom was formerly assistant winemaker at St. Innocent Winery.

Nuestro Sueño Vineyard is Whistling Dog’s estate vineyard, located on the southwestern slopes of the Eola Hills in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Planted in the 1980‘s, it is one of the original vineyards planted in the AVA, and is dry-farmed using sustainable farming practices.

Flavors include cherry, blueberry, and plum fruit flavors with hints of tobacco, incense cedar, leather and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is smooth and round, the finish is lengthy and pleasing. Only 94 cases produced.

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