The generous 2016 vintage delivered rich, dark color to the 2016 A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir. Stricking aromas of black cherries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are overlaid with a cornucopia of spices. As the wine opens, aromas expand to include pip tobacco, fennel and red currants. The palate initially mirrors the aromatics with complex, pure red and blue fruit flavors. As the wine moves across the palate, ripe, dusty tannins bracketed by juicy acidity give shape and definition to the powerful fruit flavors in harmony with a mineral quality, reminiscent of slate and graphite. The 2016 A to Z Pinot Noir is perhaps the most beautiful Pinot Noir we have made due to the perfect nature of the 2016 vintage in Oregon. While the stunning, complex, succulent 2016 A to Z Pinot Noir was built for near term drinking, this wine has great integrity and should have no problem aging for years to come.
It's beyond impressive that a wine sourced from 50 vineyards scattered throughout the state can be this good. It's all of Oregon in a single bottle, rounded in feel, lightly spiced and showing fresh cranberry and cherry flavors.
A juicy quaff, with lively raspberry and spice flavors. Drink now through 2021. 165,760 cases made.