2006 Nuthouse Pinot Noir (Mag)
This is our Classic “big furniture” Pinot Noir style derived from Lone Star Vineyard. Its melanite color is the first indicator of its boldness. The aroma is black cherry reduction fruit, black licorice, Earl Grey spices, and that luscious, fresh earth quality that says “Nuthouse”. The flavors are big, juicy black cherry and black plum pudding spices. The texture forms a rich, creamy center to this richly ripe Pinot Noir. The ripe plum and cherry fruit carry on and on. It is a wonderful thing to experience such powerful, exotic Pinot Noir yet wonder at its bright, balanced, mineral pinpoint touch twirling on the palate.
92 Points, Wine Spectator
92 points, Wine Spectator Online
"Smooth and spicy, with a floral edge to the plum and cinnamon flavors, nicely integrated and lingering nicely against refined tannins. Drink now through 2014."
- Harvey Steiman
||89% Lone Star Vineyard, 11% Knudsen Vineyards
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The 2006 vintage was a very comfortable vintage with very little drama. Spring brought plenty of sunshine and heat to set an extraordinarily large crop. This is quite a contrast to 2004 and 2005 poor fruit set vintages. 2006 had the third highest heat units since 1983. Interestingly, 3 of the 5 highest heat summations since 1981 occurred since the New Millennium (2000 A.D.).
||Willamette Valley AVA