Zena Crown, "The Sum" Pinot Noir 2018 (Oregon)
Producer Notes: Amassed from multiple vineyard blocks and clones, this wine is shaped like an hourglass – it is rich and opulent on the front, then tightens across the mid-palate before broadening out to a lush finish. Expressing Autumn, S (The Sum) leads with maple syrup, broken twigs, freshly tilled soil, and blackberry on the nose, with dark roasted coee on the finish. 60% whole-cluster fermentation bolsters the wine, sustaining the tannic imprint with wavy texture on the finish.
Vinous, 94 Points: Brilliant violet. An expansive, spice-tinged bouquet evokes ripe red and blue fruits, cola, licorice and mocha, and a smoky mineral topnote emerges with air. Broad and fleshy in the mouth, offering sappy blueberry, raspberry preserve, vanilla and fruitcake flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Smoothly blends depth and energy and shows fine definition and floral lift on an impressively long finish that features rounded tannins and a resonating blue fruit note. Best After 2024.
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