VOL 10, ISSUE 22
Dec 12, 2015
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TREOS Wine, Monmouth, OR
Partner, winemaker and winegrower Dave Jepson only produced a limited amount of wine in the cold, rainy 2011 vintage. The 2011 Pinot Noirs were initially out of sorts and needed time to develop so they are just being released now. The wines are not as robust and full-flavored as usual for TREOS, but they are quite bold for the 2011 vintage and I find them very appealing. The remainder of the 2011 Pinot Noir grapes were distilled to use in making a Pinot Noir based, port-styled wine called Ternion ($39). Interestingly, the Ternion has been infused with dry roasted Oregon hazelnuts.
Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Dark orchard and berry fruit aromas fill the glass. Classy and polished, with a load of delicious purple and black fruits complimented by deft barrel work and enough refined tannins and acidity to age nicely. Like the Elegant Reserve bottling, the fruit concentration is unusually grand for this vintage. Score: 92