2015 Resonance Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Jacques Lardiere made all the wine at Maison Louis Jadot from 1980 until he retired in 2012. The management persuaded him to take on a retirement project in Oregon where they had just purchased their first property outside of France since 1859. Maison Louis Jadot, one of the most venerable, trusted and revered wine houses in the world, has been producing wines from the heartland of Pinot Noir, the French region of Burgundy with its first purchase of the Clos des Ursules vineyard in 1826.
Jacques came to tell us his story of making Pinot Noir in Oregon. He visited one morning and talked and tasted for well over an hour regaling us with great stories about how different the same grape varietal is in each vineyard. He told stories of the history of the dirt in Burgundy and in Oregon and of the aroma molecules that one finds in each location. And he showed us his American Pinot Noir.
Aside from being charming, witty, knowledgeable and a great presenter, he simply makes great wine. The wine has a beautiful cherry color and unusual clarity. The nose is very floral with notes of cherry, figs and sapwood. On the mouth, the wine is full of bright flavors of ripe red fruit and black cherry with a touch of minerality. The wine finished with a touch of acidity and citrus.
WS 93 points
WE 92 points
100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Willamette Valley, OR PH: 3.58
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