Hamacher Pinot Noir 2008, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA

Fermented Grape Favourite

Drunk October 2013

The winery

"With minimal and gentle handling of my wines in the cellar and by seeking balanced, low yields in selected vineyards, I strive to produce handmade wines of individuality and elegance. Enjoy these wines in good spirits, and with good health and good friends!" - Eric Hamacher, Winemaker

After originally training as a doctor, Eric earned a degree in viticulture and enology at UC Davis. He worked more than 24 vintages at numerous wineries around the world including Mondavi, Chalone and Etude, before he moved to Oregon to try and create the perfect Pinot Noir.

Eric founded Hamacher Wines in 1995 which now has eight vineyards that spread throughout the Willamette Valley.  The locations vary from 250’ to 825’ in elevation, are home to numerous clones and vary with different soil types contributing to the final blend.

The wine

Hamacher Pinot Noir is aged for 18 months in premium French oak barrels (30% new) made from staves which are minimally toasted and aged for nearly twice as long as the industry norm. This leeches out all of the astringent phenolics and allows the wine to soften and integrate without absorbing harsh tannins or toastiness.

The wine was a deep crimson when poured, with a powerful nose of cherries, raspberries, smokey spices. The palate was incredibly juicy with background vanilla and tannins, almost making the mouth salivate. High complexity, balanced with a long length. Great now....must be amazing in a few years. The Oregon pinot's are really catching my fancy!

Bought: Handford wines, 105 Old Brompton Road, Thanks for the Recommendation Mick!