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Whistling Dog NSV Estate Melange Pinot noir 2010

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Only 3 barrels were made - this stuff is going to fly! Avalon customers are no strangers to Whistling Dog - I've been recommending their exceptional value Pinots since the first vintage. Their Pinots are treated like reserve wines, yet none carry the "reserve" price tag. The 2010 Melange attracts you with its dark cherry fruit, while a melange of cool things happens in the background: sweet dark berries, crushed herbs, and cherry fruit leather, all coming together with a zippy brightness. Great juice. - Marcus

A "melange" of different clones of Pinot noir from different sections of Whistling Dog's estate Nuestro Sueno Vineyard. 72 cases produced.

2008 Vintage

Big, rustic black cherry pops in your mouth with a darker, almost cassis-like undercurrent. Scrumptious sweetness complements fresh thyme, all of it accented by cinnamon and licorice-laced tannins on the finish. Once opened, this holds up with easily over three days - and in our tasting, it out-shined several wines at twice its price. - Marcus

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

The Whistling Dog NSV Pinot noir 07 is an outstanding value. A surprisingly dark profile of black cherries and dark sweet berries mixes with a complement of barrel spice. Nice concentration and a long finish of spicy-sweet berry bramble make for complete Pinot. Extra time in barrel (18 months) and bottle allowed for excellent integration.

NSV is short for Nuestro Sueno Vineyard, which is Tom and Celeste Symonette's site in the Eola-Amity Hills. Planted in the early 1980's, it produces wines with character and depth.

2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

A brilliant new find! Bright aromas of red berries, black cherries, thyme, and earth lead into a juicy, seamlessly layered core of raspberry with darker black currant background notes, all laced with a sweet cinnamon spice. Still a puppy, the vibrant acidity calls for a meal but the juiciness will bring you back for another glass.

Tom and Celeste Symonette make Whistling Dog wines at St. Innocent Winery using coveted Anden Vineyard fruit. With Anden fruit disappearing, their estate vineyard, Nuestro Sueno, will make up a bigger component of the future Whistling Dog portfolio.


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