2010 Penner-Ash, Pinot Noir “Dussin Vineyard” Willamette Valley.
Lynn Penner-Ash has turned a tough vintage into a dream wine with her estate Dussin Vineyard Pinot, she fashioned a masterpiece that shows depth, richness and complexity. Penner-Ash, along with Beaux Freres, Ken Wright, Bergstrom and Shea, is crafting some of Oregon’s best wines and this 2010 Dussin is one of the best of the vintage so far. The nose is floral, spicy and full of mineral complexity leading to a mouth full of rich and zesty red fruits, and after a touch of air a force of black fruits emerge with blackberry, plum and currants coming through while dried rose petals, pepper and truffle float in the background. The finish has nice French oak shadings with vanilla, baking spices, mocha and lingering cherry notes. The texture is lush and silky, even though there is good acidity, feeling like velvet and this wine has touches of earth and briar that highlight the terroir. This is an amazing wine to enjoy young and a remarkable effort for the vintage, drink now through 2015.
($60-65 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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