2008 Iota Pinot Noir Pelos Sandberg Vineyard

Year: 2008
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA-Oregon
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 90+
Burghound: 88
Red Wine
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"Light and silky, with raspberry and peppermint flavors that ride easily over the fine tannins, finishing with zestiness. Drink now through 2016. 330 cases made." (WS)

"The 2008 Pinot Noir Pelos Sandberg Vineyard was bottled without fining or filtration. Medium ruby red with an enticing nose of cedar, spice box, cherry blossom, underbrush/earth notes, and raspberry, on the palate it is layered, intense, densely packed, and structured. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy it from 2012 to 2020." (WA)

"($36) Deep red. Black raspberry and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of sassafras, black tea and anise. A sexy floral nuance comes up with aeration and carries onto the palate, which features dark berry and cherry-cola flavors and good mineral spine. Finishes on a gently tannic note, with very good length, solid grip and lingering spiciness. Give this some air or a few more years of bottle age. " (IWC)

"Producer note:
The Estate vineyard was purchased in 2000 by partners Lynne Pelos, Don and Johanna Sandberg, and the winery was established in 2006 with their inaugural release. They have 11.5 acres of pinot planted in 6 blocks and use sustainable farming practices with the vines non-irrigated to promote deep root growth. In addition to their own label they sell grapes to Bergstrom, Rex Hill and Beaux Freres. This endeavor is family run from source to bottle and they keep production under 500 cases. They believe in minimal intervention, bottle unfined and unfiltered, and age for 10 months in 3rd year air dried French oak barrels, 50% new. E-mail info@iotacellars.com or visit www.iotacellars.com.

Tasting note:
A ripe yet beautifully perfumed nose of spicy blackberry fruit and cassis nose leads to rich and solidly concentrated flavors that possess good mid-palate sap that buffers some but not all of the youthful asperity that surfaces on the finish. I normally find a bit of asperity to be a good sign but here it borders on a kind of bitterness. While it will probably age out, I prefer to rate the wine conservatively for the time being." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Our most enticing vintage to date, the Iota 2008 embodies the best attributes of our two previous vintages thus far. Fruit, acid and tannins at play in perfect harmony; mother-nature simply did the work for us this vintage! We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed making it!

Bottled unfined and unfiltered as always, it was aged for ten months in third year air-dried French oak barrels, 50% new (and received an additional year in bottle before release)- 330 cases produced.

This special cuvée is comprised of four clones from our six estate blocks: “Pappou” & “Yiayia,” planted to Pommard, “Abino Hill” planted to Wädenswil, “Ana” & “Tonka” planted to Dijon 777 and “Oscar” planted to Dijon 667. Each of these blocks has a unique soil makeup and exposure.

The ’08 Iota Pinot Noir exhibits a dark, plummy hue. A cornucopia of berries and ripe cherries initially envelope one’s nose with notes of sweet vanillin, chocolate, subtle smoke and spice. Upon consumption, the rich and multi-layered midpalate unfolds, revealing hints of mineral, soil and dusty rose petal as the smooth, mouth-coating finish beckons one to try yet another sip.