Scents of cherries and blossoms.
Andrew Rich Pinot Noir Prelude 2015
Andrew Rich’s Prelude is an elegant and complex Pinot Noir with a long finish that becomes a multi-dimensional experience of flavours. Black raspberry, cherry, peppery spices and a suggestion of liquorice on the nose. Silky, broad and open-knit; hints of candied flowers and cola complement plush dark berry and mocha flavours. Brilliant ruby-red. Finishes supple, with a hint of tangy berry skin, leaving notes of allspice and bitter chocolate behind.
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On the palate, the wine is youthful and vibrant with bright acidity and lingering finish.
Pairs with chicken, game, veal, pork, lamb and heavier fish especially tuna and salmon, and shellfish with slightly acidic sauces
90 points by Wine Spectator
Firm and peppery around a core of black cherry and plum flavors, dancing with floral and smoky overtones as the finish persists against crinkly tannins. Best from 2018 through 2022.”
BALANCE, GRACE AND SHEER DELICIOUSNESS. THAT IS THE INTENT OF ANDREW RICH WINES AS SPOKEN BY THE MAN HIMSELF: “Andrew Rich has a long and storied career in wine. Starting out as a magazine editor in NYC, he decided to change his course by enrolling in school in Burgundy for winemaking. Coming back to the states and landing in California, Andrew caught a great opportunity with the funky and offbeat Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz. He worked together with equally funky and offbeat Randall Grahm for 5 vintages getting practical experience and honing his style. It was here that Andrew developed a penchant for Rhone wines, which have become the focus of a serious following in the wine world in addition to his iconic Pinot noir. Coming to Oregon was another roll of the dice that panned out well for our protagonist. He casually accepted an invitation from his only fellow American schoolmate from Burgundy and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Andrew is an innovator in the Willamette Valley. Never shying from his passion for Rhone Valley wines, he continues to expand and redirect his course over time, trying and succeeding in a great number of different varietals that all seem to be better than the last”.
Pinot Noir Lovers:
Some Pinot Noir Facts:
Pinot refers to the word pine in reference to the cone-like shape of the grape bunches that is characteristic of this variety. Noir is French for black.
Pinot Noir has been known in France since the Roman era. As early as the first century AD, the Romans had invaded most of Europe, and spread their taste for wine, including those made produced with Pinot Noir.
France leads production of Pinot Noir, followed by United States and then Germany. Can you guess the fourth? Moldova.