Friday, July 27, 2012

Updated Review: **** $$ Foris Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, Oregon, 2006 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Pleasing pinot noirs under $20 are not an easy find.  Today, we're headed to the Rogue Valley area of southern Oregon to explore a contender, which rated three stars when I tried it three years ago. 

Initial review, May, 2011 : This is Foris Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, Oregon, 2006, finished at 13.9% alcohol.

In the glass:  Foris Pinot Noir shows as medium deep red.  No bricking evident on this five-year old wine.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows deep and bold bright fruit, with some charcoal.   From the aroma, seems like this will be medium-bodied, perhaps bright and layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a surprisingly rich and layered offering of ripe blackberry fruit with threads of raspberry and strawberry.  More soft tannins than acids supporting the fruit, creating a soft, layered robe that leads the sip to a long finish, completely clean. 

In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, a full point higher than my review of this wine when it was only two years old as part of a larger tasting almost three years ago.  The extra three years in bottle have served it very, very well.  Best value; and an awesome value in the world of pinot noir.

Following two and a half hour decant, in flat-bottomed decanter:   The nose is more subtle and still bright.  The palate remains sweet and layered., quite consistent with the brief decant.

Following longer decant, two days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:   Sweet and bright red-fruit nose. Remains nice, sleek, sweet, layered on the palate.  Holds up very well to air.

Updated review, over a year later,  July, 2012:  Deep ruby red.  The fruit and charcoal on the nose seem more muted than last year.  Still a very rich, yielding and layered palate, with the raspberry and strawberry coming across as sweet, creamy and fresh.  As well as it held up to the long decants last year, this best value pinot noir has held up to the six years of age since vintage date.   

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