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Cooper Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve
A smoky overtone of reduction segues into smoked meat, horehound, and cherry cola in the nose of Cooper Mountain’s 2010 Pinot Noir Reserve. Firm in feel, but with lingering sweetness as well as savory bacon notes, this may slough-off its reduction in time, though it had already been in bottle for more than six months when I tasted it. My initial acquaintance with Cooper Mountain and its St. Emilion-raised, geologically-trained winemaker Gilles de Domingo was a bit frustrating in that I tasted such an unusually small subset of wines even for the brief time I had been able to allocate, the most fascinating of which had been in bottle for only one month and five days respectively; and my request to be shown at least one example of a more mature wine was overlooked. Next year, I hope to be able to by visiting this estate offer more perspective as well as tasting notes on what turns out to be a large and varied portfolio. “I am not a fan of single-vineyard wines,” de Domingo told me, adding that he was “not a fan of the 2010 vintage,” either: perhaps a reason why the best wines he showed me were the two 2011s! The plural “vineyards” refers to four geologically distinct sites, totaling 115 acres, scattered about the northern fringe of the Willamette Valley (approaching within a dozen miles of Portland), and all farmed biodynamically. Founders Robert and Corrine Gross began planting in 1978 and started vinifying their own fruit in 1987. De Domingo was hired two years after his 2002 arrival in Oregon. Tel. (503) 649-0027
Wine maker notes
Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley is not considered to be queen or king, it is considered both. Pinot Noir is notoriously known in the wine community to be a finicky grape, so much so that you might think everyone in Oregon is a masochist. Or perhaps it is a grape that attracts people who believe in the pursuit of excellence, perfection and those who enjoy finding a way to exist with a grape that has a mind of its own.
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