CAMERON | Arley’s Leap | Pinot Noir | 2013
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The wine we are going to review tonight is one of those, one can talk about for hours. This is a beautifully crafted Oregon pinot noir wine that pays homage to Arley, the winemaker’s old dog, who jumped from a second story balcony when startled by a cat – a sad story behind a classic pinot noir wine. But what indeed makes this wine intriguing, is the 92 points allocated by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – quite a feat if you ask us. So, without delaying the tasting any longer, we present you the wine we have picked for the review tonight – Arley’s Leap Pinot Noir 2013 from Cameron Winery.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale ruby color, with shades of red-copper towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruit: sweet cherry, dried sour cherry, dried cherry tomato, red apple, tar, horseradish, red currants, blood orange and some hints of fried sausage – it is very different from the pinot noir wines we’ve tasted before.
The wine is medium-dry, with light alcohol level, high acidity and fine-grained tannin. It tastes crisp, light and velvety, with a nuanced earthy profile. This is definitely an old-world pinot noir wine – aromatic, tart and delicious, with overwhelming acidity. It has a fair overall balance between barrique and fruit, with a nicely highlighted savory accent.
The wine has a medium finish and a balanced, a bit acrid aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of America and the overall rating says the same, with 90.5 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: in our opinion this is definitely a drink now wine, in its prime or nearabout. We would not recommend to keep it any longer in the bottle, as this wine already reached it’s peak form. What we do like about this wine, is that despite its fare share of fruit and oak, it does have some nice rustic hints of tar and leather, as a result, we would suggest to pair this wine with tomato based dishes, like for example caprese salad, tomato carpaccio or a summer salad with tomato and horseradish.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Arley’s Leap | Pinot Noir | 2013
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 90.5 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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