2019 Maison Noir Pinot Noir Other People’s Pinot Willamette Valley

2019 Maison Noir Pinot Noir Other People’s Pinot Willamette Valley

For his “Other People’s Pinot,” winemaker André Hueston Mack sources grapes from a medley of Willamette Valley vineyards. He treats the fruit to a seven-day cold soak, then ferments in stainless steel and ages the wine in French oak, one-third new, for ten months.

The technique evidently coaxes a pop of color and robust texture while preserving the wine’s fruit-freshness. It’s a shiny ruby hue with a clear rim, youthful looking, and yields a wildly floral perfume of beach roses, potpourri, rhubarb, and strawberries. The palate gets down to earth with a sense of forest floor and iron, firm acidity, and more tannin than I generally expect in Willamette Pinot noir.

It’s a cleansing wine, the finish like wintergreen and resinous herbs, making it a great foil for rosy pork, roasted poultry, medium-aged cow’s milk cheeses, and other dishes flavored with rosemary, mint, or thyme.

2019 Maison Noir Pinot Noir Other People’s Pinot Willamette Valley

13.9% ABV | $22

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