We received this bottle as one of the selections in the Oregon Pinot Noir Club.  2008 de Lancellotti Family Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountians AVA.  Bottle number 5708 of 5895. Love that they number the bottles.  Makes me feel special.

This wine scored some high ratings from Wine Spectator – a 92 pointer.

This was a nice one once it opened up!  We should have decanted this wine, but we weren’t thinking.  Airing it for 1/2 hour to an hour I think would have made a difference on the first initial taste.

Are you wondering what the initial taste was.  Fruit..one fruit bomb.  The aroma did change a bit once it was aired & swirled.  Aromas of black fruit and a hint of smoke filled your nose.

As the wine enters your palate black cherry explodes in your mouth.  Behind the black cherry, flavors of currents and vanilla are exposed.  The wine is very smooth and has a wonderful mouth feel.  It finishes up with hints of anise.

I had some smoked Gouda while drinking this wine and it was a great pairing.