Compton Family Wines
Alpine Cuvée
Pinot Noir 2016

$38 a bottle

AWARDS & REVIEWS

93 Rating – Prince of Pinot

Prince of Pinot says: “Sourced from multiple vineyards and includes Pommard, Wädenswil, 777 and 667 clones. from the Monroe, Oregon area. Soils are Basalt and Red Jory series volcanic soils that typical show redder fruit aromas and flavors and elegant tannins. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderate garnet color in the glass. Assertive aromas of cherry, spice, fertile earth and rock quarry. Welcome charge of juicy black cherry fruit framed by modest tannins and a touch of toasty oak. Satiny in mouthfeel, with a pleasingly luscious cherry finish. Score: 93″

14.0% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.60, 401 cases, $38, screw cap.

If you are like us, you check out the customer reviews when you go shopping online. So we decided to do the tasting notes for this wine a bit differently. The following are the notes from a group of Corvallis area wine enthusiasts. We hope their candid comments are helpful to you.

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“Buy this, keep this, drink this!” Comments around the tasting table were universal – want, keep, savor this fascinating Pinot Noir. Most of the tasting group is from Alpine, but we tasted blind, and the enthusiasm was impartial.

Scent descriptors were plentiful as everyone contributed to the discussion – in the nose, we found chocolate, rhubarb, classic raspberry, tart pie cherry, plum, and Bing cherries. Swirling our glasses and trying the scent again kept the yumms and ahhhs going for several minutes.

Lips to wine, we were pleasantly surprised at the balance of tannins and fruit. A flavorful melange of fresh, zesty berry and dark stone sang over a bass note of and dark chocolate. The intense tannins are so velvety, they enhance the fruit and make for a collective “wow”.

Once we discovered the fruit source, we puffed up with pride that one of our local vineyards + a talented winemaker = a memorable Pinot Noir: drinkable, collectable, and cellarworthy.

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