Wine of the Day September 20, 2013

2012SineannPN2012 Sineann, Pinot Noir “Resonance Vineyard” Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Wow! This is a blockbuster Pinot Noir from Sineann, the swan song from this fantastic vineyard site, it is fitting that the last of Sineann’s Resonance be one of the very best ever, the owners of Resonance sold the vineyard to the Louis Jadot company, the famed Burgundy Negociant and that means no more from Sineann, sadly. Sineann is a top artisan winery and their collection of Oregon offerings are always highly sought after and delicious, especially their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are legendary, both of which rock in 2012, this is clearly a great vintage for Oregon and I look forward to seeing more wines as they become available this fall and winter. This newest release from Sineann is stunning and full throttle Pinot Noir, it weighs in at 14.8%, even if it doesn’t feel hot, the density is impressive, very Grand Cru like with striking fruit layers and super long finish, this wine gives the Sta Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands in California a run for their money, no question. The 2012 Sineann Resonance Pinot bursts from the glass with powerful fruit and heady aromatics with roses, violets and wild flowers, blackberry compote and sweet fennel notes leading to a full plummy palate of creamy red cherries, plum, loganberry and mocha notes with tea spices, kirsch and lavender essence. This wine expands and coats the mouth, but still has plenty of drive and vibrancy making for a richly textured and hedonistic wine. This beautiful Pinot Noir looks set to be a classic and a collectors item, so be sure to grab it while you can, drink from 2014-2019.
($48 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive