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A.D. Beckham MMXV Creta Amphora Pinot Noir
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A.D. Beckham MMXV Creta Amphora Pinot Noir 2015

Chehalem Mountain , Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesStunner. Creta is Latin for clay, signalling that this A.D. Beckham wine was fermented and aged in Andrew Beckham's handmade amphora, (if you want to try the amphora fermented / wood aged wine look for the Lignum Pinot Noir). You can see it visually on the label: the Lignum is a half amphora outline, while the Creta shows a full amphora. Dry- and organically farmed, this is estate grown Pommard, W├Ądenswil, Dijon 115 and Dijon 777, fermented wild and with 30 percent whole cluster, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dried cherry, black plum, wild cassis and thorns are textured with abundant iron and graphite. Tannins are finely grippy and acidity is lifted and effortless, brightening and chiseled the medium body. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this lingers long in the mouth and memory.Tasted: 13 July 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: USA 55.00 winery direct Producer: Beckham Estate VineyardVarietal: Pinot Noir