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Francis Tannahill Pinot Noir The Hermit 750ml 2009
Sku: 1848329*
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Country: United States
Region: Oregon
Sub-Region: North Willamette
Appellation: Dundee Hills
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
Reg. 50.99
On Sale $40.99
Buy Francis Tannahill Pinot Noir The Hermit
Wine Advocate 89 points - From Francis and Tannahill’s own five acres of ultra multi-clonal, then seven year old, biodynamically-farmed vines near Archery Summit’s estate in the Dundee Hills, their 2009 Pinot Noir Hermit was fermented with 100% whole clusters and only a very sparing use of sulfur. “I’m becoming more and more convinced,” notes Tannahill “that it’s best to use either no stems or 100% stems” on any given lot of Pinot, “because these involve really completely separate ways to ferment.” Sappy, seedy red raspberry, smoky black tea, sage, and horehound are the key notes in this substantial yet bright, if also firmly-textured and slightly grainy Pinot. “A certain amount of austerity on the palate is okay,” remarks Tannahill apropos how this wine fits into a paradigm he says was inspired by old Burgundy and traditional Barolo that developed florality and finesse with time. “We were making plusher wines before, but we’ve swung in this direction.” Expect it to be both intriguing and tasty to follow the strong-finishing 2009 Hermit for at least the better part of the next decade.  (Aug 2012)

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Francis Tannahill was founded in 2001 by Cheryl Francis and Sam Tannahill to make wines that balance power and concentration with integrity and elegance. Select growers, vineyards and blocks are chosen and carefully tended to purely express unique terroirs using old fashioned techniques and impeccable winemaking.

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