2014 Angela Estate Pinot Noir Angela Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton District
Country: USA-Oregon
Wine Spectator: 89
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.7%
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"Light and pretty, with a sense of restraint to the cinnamon-accented raspberry and strawberry flavors, lingering delicately. Drink now through 2022. 8,000 cases made. -HS " (WS)

"Deep vivid red. Lively, mineral-accented cherry, blackberry and potpourri scents show very good clarity and pick up cola and succulent herb nuances as the wine opens up. Sappy, well-concentrated dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are given spine by a core of juicy acidity. Densely packed but quite lively; finishes long and smooth, with subtle tannins lending grip." (VM)

"Ken Wright oversees production for Angela Estate, bringing his 30-plus years of Oregon experience to the task. This lovely bottle is smooth and supple, the fruit a mix of ripe raspberry, red plum and cherry jam, with a gentle touch of chocolate. It's seamless and delicious now but should age nicely though 2026." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The 2014 vintage is considered among winemakers, one of the best vintages on record due to the ideal growing conditions and weather. Bud break was two weeks early, a trend that continued in 2015 and 2016. This vintage was drier and warmer than usual, resulting in large, ripe clusters and a lot of it. Yields were almost double in some cases, resulting in four to five tons per acre! Harvest officially began in early September, nearly three weeks earlier than previous vintages with low bird effects and disease pressure. Pinots from 2014 will display pronounced aromas, deep color, ripe developed flavors, with alcohols ranging from 13 –14%. Reminiscent of the 2009 vintage.

Every wine produced under the Angela Estate label is single vineyard, estate Pinot Noir. The vines are farmed nutritionally, which treats the microbiology in the vineyards section by section. Soil and stem samples are analyzed for nutritional value. It is the most specific grape farming imaginable.