Division Willamette Valley Pinot noir Un 2021
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2018 vintage notes
91 points Vinous: Shimmering red. Fresh red fruit and floral scents, along with suggestions of savory herbs, earth and baking spices. Gently sweet and sharply delineated on the palate, offering pliant raspberry and cherry flavors that firm up slowly on the back half. Shows very good clarity and spicy lift on a long, energetic finish that's shaped by fine-grained, well-knit tannins.
2016 vintage notes
When the 2014 vintage was released we thought, “this is Division’s best ‘Un’ yet.” The key word? Yet. And we’re glad to know Division agrees with our assessment. In their words: “Back in 2014, we believed we made our best Pinot Noir ‘Un’ cuvee to date, and at the time, it was our best to date and very well received. That said, the 2016 is simply better and while we are done with saying the word ‘best,’ we’re highly confident you will agree on this wine.”
What makes it so? A lovely savory ribbon is woven throughout the wild raspberry fruit, highlighted by floral tones, sweet herbs, and a dusty earth/smoky mineral component that meshes perfectly with the tangy raspberry as it elongates the finish. A very impressive list of vineyards comprise this wine: Armstrong, Bjornson, Cancilla, Eola Springs, Johan, and Temperance Hill.
2015 vintage notes
Division's "Un" is their snapshot of the vintage, blending six vineyards from four different AVAs: Johan (Willamette Valley), Armstrong (Ribbon Ridge), Methven (Eola-Amity), Temperance Hill (Eola-Amity), Stangeland (Eola-Amity), and Vista Hills (Dundee Hills). Its darker, brambly character reminds us most of the Eola-Amity Hills, laced with savory red fruits and minerals. Even though it is a young wine, it is already drinking reeeeaaallly well. Have "un" glass right now!