Loop de Loop Columbia Gorge Pinot noir 2021
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Are you ready for a value Pinot noir that's a little different from our usual Willamette Valley offerings yet equally, maybe even more, delicious?
If you answered yes, then you're with me. Instead of heading south to Willamette Valley wine country over Thanksgiving weekend, I ventured east. Any wine tasting day that begins with a drive through the majestic Columbia River Gorge is a great one already, and it got greater when we arrived at the new home of longtime favorite Loop de Loop, perched on the slope of Underwood Mountain overlooking Hood River and White Salmon.
We've loved the many iterations of Loop de Loop Pinot noirs over the past several years (as have you), all of which have been sourced from the Willamette Valley. In keeping with their new surroundings, Julia and Scott made a 2021 Columbia Gorge Pinot noir and it's absolutely brilliant. Completely recognizable as Pinot noir, yet with the unique aspect of being grown at high elevation on the slopes of an ancient volcano in the dynamic environment of the Gorge. Did I mention it's delicious? If you prize silky, ethereal, utterly crushable Pinot noir made in small batches by loving hands, this is for you.
Heavenly Pinot noir aromas open to a wine that's ethereal but not light, wonderfully silky in texture with a succulent base of cherry fruit mixed with savory and mineral threads. There's an element that is juicy and crushable—it goes down so easily!—another that is energetic and linear. Its character reminds me some of Mt. Etna's red wines and has me fascinated for more to come. Congrats to Julia and Scott on their new home in the Gorge and their new wine adventure! -Marcus