2010 Owen Roe, Pinot Noir “The Kilmore” Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley, Oregon.
This rich and lively Pinot Noir is really coming good with detailed layers of dark fruits, silky texture and vibrant acidity and zest making this Kilmore a remarkable effort in a difficult vintage. The 2010 Owen Roe Kilmore Pinot weighs in at just about 13% alcohol making for a more Burgundy like charmer, with grapes coming from great sites in the Yamhill-Carlton area and mix of Pommard, Wadenswil and Dijon clones all of which add to the beauty and complexity found in this elegant wine. The nose is a pure bouquet of flowers, subtle spice and a  fresh mix of berries and dried currants leading to a round palate of black cherry, plum and wild strawberry fruits while hints of smoke, pepper and iron come through in the background. There is a cool mineral streak throughout, but the lifted fruit core is graceful and long giving loads of pleasure. This is a wonderful Pinot Noir that is strikingly true to it’s terroir and vintage that is perfect for drinking now and over the short term.
($45 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive

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