Teutonic Bergspitze Pinot Noir 2011

Teutonic Bergspitze Pinot Noir 2011


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Name: Teutonic Wine Company Bergspitze Pinot Noir
Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: Willamette Valley
Producer: Teutonic Wine Company
Size: 750ml
Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Pinot Noir

The Wine Advocate: 89 points
From some of Charles Coury’s historic old vines (for more about which see my Issue 202 Teutonic reviews), Teutonic’s 10.5% alcohol 2011 Pinot Noir Bergsptize Laurel Vineyard brims with tart red currant, sour cherry laced with musky, sharp radish and piquant orange and lemon rinds, all features found in many Pinots of its vintage, though here in an improbably lightweight and sharply-etched context. Paired carefully this will prove fascinating to employ at table, but for how long I can’t say. The malic acidity was sky-high here, but for whatever reason, the conversion to lactic acid did not leave behind the awkward milky character that I found in Teutonic’s corresponding estate (“Alsea”) Pinot Noir. (And a third Pinot from Adams Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains was also lactic as well as slightly dull and bitter in finish.)

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