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Cameron Winery Abbey Ridge Pinot Noir 2019

$79.99

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This is John's most powerful wine a bit darker and more brooding. There is complexity here that is hard to pin down but the aromas and flavors I can put words to include red cane berries crushed together with dark red rose petals, rosemary and lavender. Structure and power in a incredibly elegant frame. Drop Dead Gorgeous!

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When wine insiders are discussing the great winemakers of Oregon, John Paul Cameron comes up in hushed and reverent tones. He, along with his Cameron Winery are living legends, yet few, besides the geekiest of Pinot-philes, have heard of him outside of Oregon. This is in no doubt due to his limited production, about 4000 cases annually, most of it consumed in Portland.

Established in 1984, Cameron is committed to producing wines that express terroir that is truly Oregonian. As a founding member of the Deep Roots Coalition, an organization that believes irrigation stands in the way of terroir, their vines are not irrigated; instead they're allowed to dig deep into the soils to find water in some of the best sites in the Willamette Valley.

This commitment to biodiversity is reflected in winemaker John Paul’s vineyards: multiple clones of the same grape are planted in each plot, and throughout the vineyard you’ll find bees pollinating the cover crops that grow between the vines. That vital force is directly reflected in the wines.

Contributing further to their commitment to sustainable farming, the vineyards are also home to cats, goats, and geese, all of whom play an important role, from eating rogue berries that may compete with resources to chasing away vermin, allowing the team at Cameron to eschew the use of certain sprays.

John Paul’s fanatical commitment to organic farming and hands-off winemaking ensures that he’s among the standard bearers for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, not just in the Willamette Valley, but also for the rest of the United States.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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Behzad Nadji
A true Pinot Noir

I got tired of trying to find a California Pinot that really tasted and "behaved" like a Pinot. Looks like all winemakers in California have gone to the dark side and started producing high alcohol, highly fruity and sweet Pinots that tasted like a bad Merlot than what the Pinot is supposed to taste like.

Then a friend introduced me to Cameron. For the first time in a long while I started to taste the nuances and complexities that I expected in a Pinot. Alcohol was lower and spiciness that you expect to see from the PN grape had replaced the overly sweet taste of California Pino.

Good French red Burgundies are priced out of range for me, but Cameron and some other Oregon Pinots are now satisfying the need for a true value Pinot Noir; the ones that have the transparency to show their character right after you open the bottle and get the first nose of the spicey and complex aromas you expect to see from a good Pinot Noir.

Brad
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