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End of the Road- The Last of Oregon's 2002 Pinot noirs
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Hamacher & Domaine Meriwether ---- The Last of Oregon's Famed 2002's

  Hamacher Pinot noir 02

Wine Spectator rated Oregon's
2002 vintage with a whopping
97 points.

And here we are, four years out, and the last of the 2002 Pinots have been released. Most noteworthy is the world class Pinot noir from Eric Hamacher.

Eric is known for the long cellar time he allows his wines before release. His Pinots receive stellar scores from Parker.

Hamacher Pinot noir 02 $37.30/$41.45
Wine Advocate rating 90+ points: "The black fruit and fresh herb-scented wine builds on the palate to reveal loads of black cherreis and blackberries ensconced in considerable quantities of tannin. This wine has impressive depth, concentration, and power, most likely enough to sustain its significant structure. Projected maturity 2008-2015."

From the winery: "A racy, vibrant wine with bright red fruits underlain by spicy plum and cedar notes. Sweet & supple with a long finish-- will only improve for years to come."

Tasting notes from Marcus: Kudos to Eric Hamacher--he crafted a 2002 Pinot beauty. With the glass two feet away, you immediately notice the deep ruby color. Deep is a theme with this wine as intense dark cherry aromas burst from the glass, highlighted by dried rose and white flower notes. Focused red and black cherry flavors form a plump core, while Eric's patience is rewarded with impeccably integrated oak. We're still thinking about the finish--it's that long--and the impressive balance that will allow the wine to evolve for several years. This is a must-have for your cellar.

The Hamacher 02 will be an Avalon Reserve Pinot noir Club Selection this fall.

Domaine Meriwether Pinot noir 02  

Still available (mostly due to a change
of ownership that slowed its release), is
Domaine Meriwther Pinot noir 02 $24.98/$27.75

The Meriwether Pinot received rave reviews.
The San Francisco Chronicle named this wine one of the best Oregon Pinots under $30 and said:
"Aromas of lavender, black cherry, boysenberry and cola; zingy raspberry on entry, then black cherry, plum, cassis, chocolate and spice flavors; rich, with soft tannins. Low production."

While Domaine Meriwether is best known for its sparkling wines, winemaker Jean-Louis Denois, a sixth generation grower from Champagne, is not only skilled in the production of Methode Champenoise sparkling wines. He does an excellent job with both Pinot noir and Pinot gris, made in small amounts and mostly sold from the winery.

From the winery: "Deep garnet color with earthy berry aromas.Balanced, elegant structure with good integration of cherry, plum, and spice flavors.Finish is long, refined, and complex."

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