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Torii Mor Winery Oregon, Pinot Noir - 3 Pack

LEED Us Into Temptation

The secret ingredient is sustainability!

OK, you can’t literally taste sustainability. But we have to think that Torii Mor’s commitment to Earth-friendly grape cultivation reflects the conscientious way they make their wines – and there’s no doubt we can taste that.

Their solar-array, gravity-flow, LEED Gold-certified winery isn’t just a showpiece of environmental design. It’s also produces some fantastic Pinot Noirs. The 2007 Chehalem Mountains Select Pinot Noir and the 2007 Olalla Vineyard Pinot Noir were both fermented with indigenous yeast in small fermenters, and racked to a mixture of new and old French oak barrels. But they couldn’t be more different and still both be Pinots: the Chenhalem is dark, intense, and jammy, while the Olalla exudes sweet, floral, earthy notes. The Eola-Amity Hills splits the difference, with an herbal character bringing the floral and dark fruit elements together.

We’re all in favor of doing well by doing good, and Torii Mor certainly qualifies. But in our book they go one better: doing well by doing good and making good wine.

2007 Chehalem Mountains Select Pinot Noir
  • Total acidity (T.A.) 0.60gr/100ml
  • Residual sugar (R.S.) 0.2gr/100ml
  • Alcohol 13.6%
  • Production: 312 cases 750ml, 10 cases 1.5L, 12 cases 375 ml
  • Bottle Size: 750ml
  • Bottled: January 30th, 2009
  • Release Date: September 2009
  • Jacques Tardy, Winemaker
The 2007 “Chehalem Mountains Select” aroma is forward and dark fruited, including boysenberries, dark cherries and blackberries, followed by earth notes. The flavors display dark cherries, black berries with “jammy” concentrated richness. The finish is long, intense, soft and sweet, with the same rich dark, jammy fruit and a distinct spiciness. The mouth-feel is rich and long, the wine texture has a good structure of sweet and round tannins. This wine will benefit from extended cellaring but can be enjoyed today.
2007 Eola-Amity Hills Select Pinot Noir
  • pH 3.80
  • Total acidity (T.A.) 0.59gr/100ml
  • Residual sugar (R.S.): < 0.2gr/100ml
  • Alcohol 13.35%
  • Production: 326 cases
  • Bottle Size: 750ml
  • Bottled: January 30, 2009
  • Release Date: November 2009
  • Jacques Tardy, Winemaker
The 2007 “Eola-Amity Hills Select” aroma is forward, with herbal notes, dark cherries and floral-vanilla notes. The flavors display the same herbal note, with a combination of red and dark cherries framed by a strong tannic structure. The finish is long and displays both sweetness and dryness around the core of cherries. The mouth-feel is still tight from the tannins but is not aggressive. This wine will benefit from bottle aging until the end of 2010, or can be enjoyed sooner with strong aeration by decanting and/or serving with dishes with heavy cream sauces.
2007 Olalla Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • pH 3.70
  • Total acidity (T.A.) 0.555gr/100 ml
  • Residual sugar (R.S.) 0.2 gr/100 ml
  • Alcohol 13.35%
  • Production: 249 cases
  • Bottle Size: 750ml
  • Bottled: January 30, 2009
  • Release Date: May 2009
  • Jacques Tardy, Winemaker

Torii Mor’s 2007 Olalla Vineyard Pinot noir has a sweet, floral-perfume aroma with a mix of fresh purple plums, caramel, vanilla and cherries, framed by an earthy note. The flavors show the same earthy note, with a mix of red and black cherries and caramel- oak notes. The wine has a good balance of acid and tannins. The texture shows sweetness, followed by a rich tannin structure that brings fullness to the long finish. This wine will benefit from a little more cellaring (until summer 2010), or decanted and aerated to soften up the tannins.

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