Adelsheim 2009 Elizabeth's Reserve Pinot Noir
The name “Elizabeth’s Reserve” was first used in 1986 to designate the blend of our best barrels of Pinot noir. From 1987 until 1999 it designated a single vineyard wine, but in 2000 returned to a “best of winery” reserve - the best barrels from our best lots. Most of the fruit for this wine (67%) comes from five of our estate vineyards located on south-facing slopes of the Chehalem Mountains. With many wonderful lots representing different soil types, clones, site climates, fermenter sizes, and barrel characteristics, our winemaker Dave Paige pulls together those that best create a reserve level wine, one that truly reflects the vintage and character of our corner of the Willamette Valley.
The 2009 is both elegant and intense, offering layered aromas of lush red raspberries, fresh Oregon strawberries, brown spice and cedar. Its aromas are reflected on a palate that speaks of purity and elegance, and is exceptionally balanced with silky tannins and a persistent finish.