Another day, another bottle to check out. I tumble into my “cellar” (aka crawl space) and pull out a fine-dusted bottle of single vineyard Pinot Noir from 2014. If this virus gets me, at least I enjoyed one more wine that otherwise would be forgotten until some far flung day.
Today’s tipple is a navel-gazing, Genesis, origins kinda wine. It comes from the Olson Estate: a dinky 10 acre vineyard planted in 1972, back when Oregon’s Dundee Hills consisted mostly of forests speckled by a few farms and orchards.
Many regarded 2014 as a hot vintage that just snuck by with enough balance.
Torii Mor Pinot Noir Olson Estate Vineyard Dundee Hills 2014
The wine retains a bright, medium intensity ruby color with flashes of garnet.
Medium plus aromas waft of dried red cherries, rose petal, blueberries, clove, orange peel, and volcanic ash.
The palate feels dry, pings with medium plus acidity, medium tannin, medium alcohol, medium body, and fine-powdered texture.
Medium plus flavors lead with spices like clove, dill, cigar box, dried red cherry fruit leather, cranberry, fresh blueberries: all of which last for a long length ending on nutmeg powder and volcanic ash.
Torii’s 2014 Olsen Pinot is only starting to strut its stuff. The next five years will only increase interest. It is supremely supple, pleasant, and not over-extracted or demanding. Consider enjoying it alone, but do not overwhelm it with food too brash: think young cheeses, mild bries, mild white meat dishes, sautéed white mushroom fair, that sort of thing. Outstanding stuff.