A consistent favorite Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Adelsheim’s Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir Willamette Valley is one of the wines I seek out every year to evaluate the quality of specific vintages. So when David Adelsheim made an appearance in Memphis last week, the timing was perfect to try the latest release. Adelshiem crafts this as their reserve wine, with winemaker David Paige performing a best barrels selection from vineyards throughout the valley. 65% of the 2010 is comprised of estate fruit from five different vineyards with the remainder from an additional seven vineyards. The wine was aged for 10 months in small French oak barrels (34% new). From my perspective, the 2010 delivers very high quality, consistent with some of the best vintages, and should see 8-10 years easily.
The colors are very appealing with a glowing deep purple in the glass with a touch of black adding depth to the middle and fuscia-ruby at the margin. Aromas of fresh red and black cherry, dark raspberry and dark cranberry. Has a beam of minerality that initially presents more stone-like but emerges to more linear. A bright earthy forest element emerges in the background with more with time. Just a hint of white pepper. The nose speaks of brightness, freshness and purity. Medium bodied that initially leans to lighter but adds mass as it opens giving a fuller presence and a pleasing textural roundness. Smoothly transitions to finish with the dark-leaning side of red fruits and clean mineral. Acidity carries the fruits over an extended finish. This is about elegant style balancing with ripe fruits. Shows richness, depth, purity and intensity. 93 – 13.4% alcohol. $55 suggested retail.