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Witness Tree Claim 51 Pinot noir 09


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Witness Tree Winery


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The 2009 Pinot Noir Claim No. 51 Estate Bottled is also sourced from a single parcel and received the same elevage as the Benchmark bottling. Inviting aromas of earth, herbs, exotic spices, and red fruits inform the nose of a complex, impeccably balanced, intense effort that has excellent depth and concentration for the vintage. It is likely to the longest lived of this collection. - Wine Advocate

This incredible wine comes from two vineyard site selections in our middle vineyard – a total of just over one acre that yields unique wines that unite to epitomize the red clay soil types from which they come. Graceful and spirited at the same time, this wine offers a fusion of aromas of red and black fruits with notes of vanilla and exotic spices. At first opening there is an intense nose of crushed rocks and minerals at play with the fruits and spices; adding layer upon layer of flavor nuance. Totally hedonistic right now, this wine guarantees to be a show-stopper with some cellar time – as the tannins have the chance to soften into the wine. This is surely a collector’s Pinot Noir, as it will continue to mature beautifully over the next decade-plus. 94 cases were produced. - the winery

2008 Vintage

Avalon's Andy Osterhaus on the Claim 51:

Summer camp, golf camp, band camp – they have nothing on Pinot Camp. Three days in Oregon Wine Country, immersed in all things Oregon Pinot. I was lucky enough to go this summer (you have to be invited, and part of the wine industry).

Through all the delicious Pinot I tasted – we’re talking hundreds – one special Pinot stood out above the rest: 2008 Witness Tree Claim #51. There were a lot of big personalities at Pinot Camp and wading through some of the pomp revealed the Leonard Cohen of Pinot noir. A deep, dark, classy feel that will only get better with a little age.

Claim 51 is made from 2 blocks (about an acre) of the upper vineyard which looks down over the winery. Full and finished from splash to swallow. Wonderfully smooth red fruit with a lasting grip which had me proclaiming ‘hallelujah’ in want for a second taste, immediately after the first. Everybody won’t know about this wine but they should. - Andy

Winemaker Steven Westby describes the wine as having "a dark berry and cherry fruit center with earthy structure and grip."

Made for cellaring, the 2008 has the balance and complexity to drink well now with decanting and to cellar for 5-10 years.

Less than 100 cases made.

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