2007 Andrew Rich Pinot Noir Cuvée B

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Vintage: 2007
Producer: Andrew Rich
Variety: Pinot Noir
Designation: Cuvée B
Region: USA
Sub-region: Oregon, Willamette Valley
ABV: 13.1%
Price: $40 (EW), $40 (BC LDB),

He says: With 2007 being an off-year for the Willamette Valley, this bottle still managed to live up to the true Oregonian style of Pinot Noir. The nose was a pleasing mix of fruit and earthiness, while on the palate the fruit layered well with richer notes of chocolate and coffee. A well-balanced wine that I will definitely re-buy in a better vintage to drink again.

She says: Having been impressed in the past by Andrew Rich wines, it was a pleasant surprise to see this unveiled after the tasting. Whilst this is far from my favourite example of Oregonian Pinot Noir, it revealed some of the potential that they can achieve. Per their website, “This vintage includes fruit from every Willamette Valley AVA except one”. This may have something to do with their ability to salvage some elegance and complexity from an otherwise disappointing vintage.

Tasting note

Looks like: Clear, med- ruby
Smells like: Youthful, hint of development, med- intensity, cherry, earthy, mushrooms
Tastes like: Dry, med acid, med body, med intensity, med- tannins, med alcohol, cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate, coffee, med length
Summary: Good, Ready to drink/Could develop further

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