Pinot Noir, 2016. Rhea

Pinot Noir, 2016. Rhea

Item #: C0519R2DO
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Color: Soft Magenta
Nose: Cotton Candy, Earth, Cherry
Palate: Lovely Black Cherry
Finish: Long, Luscious Cherry
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2027/Fowl, Game, Vegetarian/13.2 % Alcohol by Volume

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Crazy things happen in business, maybe especially in the wine business. Believe it or not, sometimes wines get lost, misplaced in the warehouse or sent to the wrong location and nobody notices because it wasn't their job.

One of the greatest wines Paul Sr. ever featured was a 10-year-old Rose from France that was literally lost in a warehouse. When it was "discovered," we were quite skeptical. It was beyond mesmerizing and unforgettable.

We're not sure what exactly the story is around Rhea, and quite frankly, it really doesn't matter because the wine is absolutely incredible. We know it began at the Dobbes Family Estate winery in Dundee, Oregon - Dundee being home to many of the best wineries in the state.

Dundee is pretty much the Holy Grail of Pinot Noir in Oregon. No less than Robert Drouhin, one of the most heralded producers in Burgundy, decided to plant grapes in Dundee. That set the stage for everybody else.

Like most of the wines from Dobbes, this Pinot Noir was fantastic. At first taste, we thought it was going to be a Limited Series wine. Most Pinot Noirs from this area usually are.

Succeeding in not coughing when we got the price, we "graciously" accepted. Everything we expect is showing here. The depth and complexity of Oregon with its earth and flesh components is balanced by sensuous cherry, cotton candy and mint. From start to finish, this is nothing short of great Oregon Pinot.