2010 ADEA Pinot Noir – Durant Vineyards

ADEA is one of our boutique wineries in rural Washington County, just outside of the town of Gaston.  Dean Fisher has a knack for developing the most from the terrior of his wines.  Our personal favorite is his Cherry Grove Pinot.  The grapes are sourced from a vineyard residing in an old cherry grove, hence the name I guess.  The cherry flavors are so robust and blend so pleasingly with the aromatics of the pinot. . .it’s really amazing.

Most recently we opened a 2010 Durant Vineyards pinot and it was quite enjoyable.  Their tasting notes from the website read like this:

Vivid red. Fresh red berry and spice cake aromas are given depth by notes of cola and vanilla. Silky and precise, with good cut to its tangy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. A smoky quality emerges with air and carries through a gently tannic and focused finish.

What I got from this tasting was a bit different.  Initally I sensed notes of berries and a smoky nature.  But after the wine had opened a bit, a day or so later, I noticed just the warm smooth tannins and silky finish.  Much of the fruit nature had dissipated, unfortunately.  Perhaps that is the nature of the 2010 vintage, a lack of age ability . . I don’t know.  I would say that fresh from the bottle, this wine is quite lovely.  My recommendation is, finish it in one sitting, cuz the flavors won’t last.


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