Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
110 cases produced. $46
The 2020 release of Titan combines 7-year-old Pommard (33.6%) vines from Bells Up’s estate vineyard (volcanic Jory soil) with Dijon Clones 115 (22.8%) and 777 (43.6%) from Plum Hill Vineyard’s 13-year-old Willamette Valley vines in Gaston. Named for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major “Titan,” the wine aged 12 months in French oak (32.2% new). The resulting 2020 Titan displays an elegant, earthy quality, with red-fruit flavors complemented by sufficient acidity to enrich its mouthfeel.TECHNICAL NOTES
NOSE: Cherry, raspberry, star anise, caramel, black pepper, dusty rose.
PALATE: Bright with light tartness, medium-long finish with medium tannins and balanced acid, light but chewy texture. Hints of cherry, plums, rhubarb, caramel.
Winerabble Review: On the nose and palate… fresh herbs, cranberry, red cherries, toasted marshmallow, and wisps of campfire smoke, coupled with a full mouthfeel.
Great Northwest Wine Review: A deliciously delicate interpretation of the Willamette Valley’s prized variety. Its pale ruby color carries along aromas of watermelon, strawberry taffy, cinnamon dust and a faint whiff of caramel — a sign of its 12 months in French oak (32% new.) The supple structure makes this a Pinot Noir of finesse, featuring flavors of creamy strawberry-rhubarb compote, golden raspberry, Ruby Red grapefruit and a finish akin to black cherry juice. Outstanding! 92 points