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Zena Crown Slope Pinot Noir
89POINTS
16¼/20

Zena Crown Slope Pinot Noir 2013

Oregon, United StatesJackson Family Wines purchased the Zena Crown Vineyard just west of Salem in 2013 in their first foray into Oregon. Working with Willamette Valley winemaker Tony Rynders and Shane Moore, Zena Crown Vineyard is set on a southwest-facing slope of weathered volcanic soils in the Eola-Amity Hills. Prior to the sale the fruit was sold to several producers seeking single-vineyard designates including Beaux Frères, Soter, and Penner-Ash. In 2013, the Zena Crown domain emerged. Aged 17 months in 85 percent new French oak, this 12.7 percent pinot tells the savoury, fragrant story of Oregon pinot. Dark and silky with gamey, earthy, mushroom and umami tones in the glass. The finish is spicy, with smoky hints of dried red berries. Complex and dry, this needs a piece of grilled pork to sing.Tasted: 10 March 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 0.00 Producer: Zena Crown VineyardDistributors: Summit Fine Wines
Varietal: Pinot Noir