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2018 Alloro Vineyard
Pinot Noir
Chehalem Mountains, Oregon

Alloro is the Latin and Italian word for laurel, the evergreen plant that is said to symbolize immortality in ancient times and a symbol of peace and victory today.  Alloro Vineyard is situated on Laurel Ridge, in the Chehalem Mountains, just north of Newberg in Sherwood.  David Nemarnik is the founder and vineyard manager.  Established in 1999, the 78 acre property (28 acres of vines) is planted to Pommard and Dijon clones of Pinot Noir Dijon. Located in the western reaches of the Chehalem Mountains, the summer days linger leading the wines to have a more generous fruit profile.  The wines are rich in color and textured.

The color in the glass is bright ruby.  The wine reveals wonderful aromas ripe cherries, red raspberry, freshly picked flowers, cinnamon, clove and a hint of mint.  This wine is not a shy Pinot Noir.  It is full-bodied, well-crafted and very expressive. What is remarkable is that this wine reveals a silkiness and acidity that is mouthwatering on the finish and makes you want more.  It will age up to 5 years in the bottle but why wait!

By Perry Miroballi

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