Elouan "Missoulan Wash" Reserve Pinot Noir 2017 (Wilamette Valle, OR)
Winery Notes: Deep magenta. Focused and complex with intense and lively aromas of strawberry, blackberry, and spice. Lush and elegant flavors of cranberry and blackberry with subtle layers of sweet pipe tobacco and cedar. Supple tannins with a lingering finish.
Pair with duck cassoulet, Rigatoni with chicken in a gorgonzola cream sauce, and sautéed garlic bacon mushrooms.
Tasting Panel, 92 Points: “Missoulan Wash” refers to the Ice Age–era floods that exposed volcanic and sedimentary soil in Oregon’s northwest corner. Aged eight months in new and used French oak, this bold and graceful Pinot Noir from winemaker Joseph Wagner grew in that well-drained terrain and clearly benefited from the cool climate. Notes of slate and deep plum are sumptuously integrated with dried violets, sweet tobacco, and blackberry as well as tannins that evoke espresso and dark chocolate.
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