When my friend and marketing guru approached me about trying a new Oregon wine, I, unsurprisingly, leap at the chance. After all, Oregon, and Pinot Noir, are some of my favorite things. When I learned that it was partially sourced from Hyland Vineyard, which provides fruit to some of Oregon’s most prestigious brands, and is also one of the oldest vineyards in the area, I was even more intrigued. I know that Hyland Vineyard produces fruit that goes in to some of my favorite wines. Along with the Olsen Vineyard & Domaine Loubejac Vineyard, Black Magnolia has a significant pedigree. With the goal to make an outstanding Oregon Pinot Noir that has a friendly price point, and that is representative of the highest quality wines from the region, the Black Magnolia Wines team delivers on target and on budget. Widely believed to be an exceptional vintage throughout Oregon, the 2015 Black Magnolia Willamette Valley Pinot Noir holds up its end of the bargain. With classic, yet muted cherry notes, telltale glimpses of cedar and fresh floor show through the black raspberry on the surface. A hint of spearmint plays with the juicy orange and rose hips, while young and firm tannins highlight pipe tobacco and cracked whole spices. A bright and shiny acidity is indicative of the Willamette, and with the 2015, one would expect it as odd numbered years tend to be the critics darlings. One might expect this wine to be $30-45, as many Oregon Pinots are, but the stunning $22 price tag makes this a case worthy selection. Well done Black Magnolia! I can’t wait to see what else these cats come up with. With a combined experience from Burgundy to New Zealand, anything is possible. Special thanks to April Yap-Henning for spreading the love about this wine and arranging for this yummy samples!
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