PENNER-ASH Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley ‘Pas De Nom’ 2019

More rich and voluptuous than the other Penner-Ash Pinots from 2019, the Pas de Nom (translated from French as ‘Without Name’) boasts a medium neon ruby core with a blueish tinted rim and is aged for 10 months in about 40% new French oak barrels. The Pas de Nom is taken from the best fruit from the best vineyards from 6 different AVAs in the Willamette Valley. A touch of reductiveness showed early on but eventually evolved into a harmonious bouquet of ripe blue plum, red currant, cedary thyme, fresh violet flower, and just a smooch of tobacco leaf. There is a sort of sensual nature to this wine that helps it stand out from its peers. The palate is dense and structured, with red plum, dried cedary herbs, and a wet crushed stone minerality on the palate, delivering a backbone of mouthwatering acidity, crunchy sweet tannin, and a saline and mineral finish. Give this another 1-2 years in the bottle before enjoying and then cellar it for 15 years or more. Just 5 barrels produced. Highly recommended.
96 $130 2023-2038

United States Oregon Willamette Valley

J. Young July, 2022  

Find More: Oregon Report: Vol. VI (2018-2021)

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