Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Dr. Edge Oregon Pinot Noir

Dr. Edge made his name in Tasmania, but he is now also making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The 2018 Dr. Edge Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of several vineyards. Kirsch is a prominent flavour in this savoury wine. There is fennel, herbs and minerality in this delicately woven wine. The body is fairly light. The medium+ acidity makes this a fresh wine with dry tannins on the finish (93 points).

The 2018 Dr. Edge Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir comes from one of the key subregions in the Willamette Valley. This is a single vineyard wine with a similar profile as the blended wine. Spice is more prominent. It is a step up in elegance, and the tannins are smooth. The finish is long and precise. Overall, there is a bit more bite in this wine (94 points). 

The 2018 Dr. Edge Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir from the north of Willamette has a beautiful texture. The fruit here is more strawberry-like. Minerality and smokiness speak of the volcanic place. This is the most elegant of the three. On the flip side, the mouthfeel is quite light. For this reason, my pick is the Eola-Amity (93 points). 


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