Grounded Wine Company Landform Pinot Noir 2018
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
|Brand||Grounded Wine Company|
From Josh Phelps, this new Oregon extension of his Grounded Wine Company portfolio brings ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit, grounded (dare I say) in a pleasing earthy quality. Some 20% was whole-cluster fermented, which adds texture and some green-tea flavors to the tannins, without becoming too herbal. Off to a good start!
This is the first Oregon Pinot Noir from Grounded Wine Co. This comes from four organically farmed vineyards and was made using 20% whole cluster, without new oak. Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Landform opens with fresh aromas of gravel dust and crunchy red fruits-fresh strawberries, Bing cherries, pomegranate and crushed raspberries-with accents of orange peel, peppercorn and tobacco leaves. The palate is light to medium-bodied, bright, fresh and delightfully crunchy-very Beaujolais-esque-with a pleasant frame of chalky tannins and juicy freshness on the long, berry-laced finish. This is dangerously easy to drink and well crafted. Winemaker Josh Phelps says, "There aren't a lot of wines at this price point, especially wines made without additives."
Well-knit and compelling, with snappy cherry and orange-tinged tea flavors. Drink now through 2024. 2,300 cases made.