Sunday, April 7, 2013

2010 Tendril Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Oregon

Small production Pinot Noir from the beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon produced by Tony Rynders Owner/Winemaker at Tendril Wine Cellars is tonight's choice. Since 1989, Mr. Rynders has worked in the wine industry and obtained his Masters degree in Enology and Viticulture in 1992.

I enjoy researching and talking with winemakers on their journey and Mr Rynders is no exception. Mirassou Vineyards San Jose, Acacia in Napa, Friuli in Italy, Petaluma Winery in South Australia, Col d 'Orcia in Tuscany, Argyle, Hogue, Domaine Serene Winery/RockBlock Cellars. During his 10 year stay at Domaine Serene he obtained more 90+ scores from Wine Spectator than any other winemaker during this time. 5 time winery of the year, Tony elevated Domaine Serene to "elite" status. He now owns his own successful wine consulting business and in 2008 launched the Tendril label. Like many great winemakers, Tony feels the wines begin and end in the vineyard. Cheers to that! Did you know that "Tendril" is an integral part of the grapevine? I learned something tonight...the curly appendage is how the young shoots attach to the trellis and pull themselves up.

Beautiful nose on this pinot with rich dark cherry and raspberry. Dried herbs and fresh cut violets with hints of cola and allspice. As the wine warms I get a slight earthy aroma. So fragrant and inviting. Aged 15 months in french oak and only 404 cases produced.

Wow I really enjoyed this one. Cranberry with a nice allspice to balance the fruit. Juicy raspberry with hints of dark fruit and toasty oak on the finish. Rich flavor with the elegance of a lady... Tony I like your style! I can think of some pork and turkey dishes this beauty would pair with.

Limited production heaven in a bottle. If your interested in acquiring their wines please click the link Tendril Wine Cellars fill out the online form and one of the winery staff members will contact you. Trust me when I say you want this juice.


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