2010 Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir Life

Year: 2010
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Country: USA - Oregon
Wine Advocate: 93+
Red Wine
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"The 2010 Pinot Noir Life is a certified biodynamic wine with no sulfites added. The winery has been working on this project since 2002 trying to build natural anti-oxidants into the fruit. Aside from that significant fact, the wine received essentially the same elevage as the winery’s other Pinot offerings. It is an early bottled 2010, a vintage that looks to be superb. Dark ruby red in color, it sports an alluring nose of exotic spices, rose petal, black cherry, and black raspberry. In the glass it opens to reveal a youthful personality, a confiture of black fruits, an excellent acid structure, and impeccable balance. If I were to speculate about its aging potential not knowing it received no sulfur addition, I would say drink it through 2020+. Knowing that it was made with no added sulfur, handling and storage will be of great importance.

Cooper Mountain Vineyards is a biodynamically certified winery whose first vineyards were planted in 1978 with the first vintage released in 1987. By 1999 the vineyards were being farmed with organic and biodynamic principles with Demeter certification that same year. The wines are entirely produced from estate-grown fruit with native ferments. Total production in the 2009 vintage was 17,500 cases with distribution in 40 states." (WA)