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Matello Wines Cuvée Lazarus Pinot Noirtext
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Matello Wines Cuvée Lazarus Pinot Noir 2011

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesIf you see a Matello label, scoop it up, because winemaker Marcus Goodfellow's small lots do not last long and are rarely seen on our market. These exceptional wines come from small family-owned and operated vineyards in the northern Willamette Valley and are from sustainably raised, non-irrigated vines. This typifies reds from this cooler 2011 vintage, with their lean edged fruit and rapier acidity. Forty percent whole cluster, fermented with native yeast and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright youthful fruit on first approach - bing and Rainier cherries, strawberries and light, earthy spice. The palate shows perfumed black raspberries and an herbal stem / lightly (and alluringly) bitter note before trailing into the finish with raspberry seeds and spice. Like all of his wines, savoury, finessed and evocative, and resolutely not "dumbed down". Enjoy now with grilled wild salmon or cellar for 5-7 years.Tasted: 09 January 2015Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 37.00 speculative listing - Sedimentary Wines Producer: Matello WinesDistributors: Sedimentary Wines
Grape: Pinot NoirCSPC: 648873