Jun
15
2008

Firesteed Cellars Pinot Noir Citation 2006, 84 points

2006 Firesteed Cellars Pinot Noir Citation

(USA, Oregon)

This was a weak effort. Maybe ok for a pinot but this wine was thin on taste and color. The nose had green peppers and was earthy. The nose was kind of interesting. The palette was short with pepper and strawberries. Very quick through the mid palette and bitter on the finish. This wine was simply weak and disjointed for me. Retails for about 16 bucks

Firesteed winery website

From Firesteed site:

Oregon’s tremendous 2006 vintage began with beautiful weather at flowering, allowing grapevines to set a normal-sized crop for the first time in several years. The near-perfect conditions all through the growing season le to a smooth harvest in September and October.

Our 2006 Pinot Noir continues the tradition of consistent style, achieved with gentle techniques in the cellar and imagination in the vineyard. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts propagated from cellars in Burgundy, pressed during the last days of fermentation, and racked as soon as the wine finished malolactic fermentation. Just a touch of barrel-aged wine was included in the blend to round out the flavors and enhance complexity. Grapes for this wine, as in previous years, were sourced from throughout the Willamette, Umpqua, Rogue and Walla Walla Valleys, creating a truly ‘Oregon’ blend.

The wine is richly aromatic, like a warm berry cobbler topped with cold vanilla ice cream. Lively in the mouth, each sip is brimming with black cherry and raspberry flavors that continue through to the richly rewarding finish.

WINE ANALYSIS
TA 5.50 g/l
pH 3.72
Alcohol 13.4%

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