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

Chehalem Mountain , Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesLignum is Latin for wood, signalling that even though this A.D. Beckham wine was fermented in Andrew Beckham's handmade amphora, this wine was finished in old French oak barrels (if you want to try the amphora fermented wine that was aged in amphora, look for the Creta Pinot Noir). You can see it visually on the label: the Lignum is a half amphora outline, while the Creta shows a full amphora. In comparison, this is softer on the palate than the bristling Creta. Wild fermented, dry and organically farmed, this was 25 percent whole cluster and four clones of pinot (Pommard, W├Ądenswil, Dijon 115 and Dijon 777) bottled unfined and unfiltered. Dark cherry, subtle blackcurrant, plum, mellow resin, with a dusky shadow of sticky tannins and a softly flowing form. Acidity is brisk and helpful to lift the medium body to a lingering, salted finish.Tasted: 13 July 2017Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: USA 45.00 winery direct Producer: Beckham Estate VineyardVarietal: Pinot Noir