Pinot Noir, Ayoub Estate Vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 13.5% abv., 2017, US$65

Mo Ayoub is a fascinating person and well-reviewed vintner for whom growing grapes and making wine DSC_0075is a retirement gig – and what a gig it is.  His wines are eagerly sought after and elusive, as he doesn’t make much, and what he does make is often only available at his home in theDSC_0072 beautiful Dundee Hills AVA of Oregon.

So, that’s where we went to meet him – in his kitchen for a tasting in August 2018.  There we tasted through his five offerings that day, and came away with several bottles which have been sleeping ever since in the cellar – that is, until visitors and turkey with trimmings gave us a reason to pop the cork over the holidays.DSC_2318

At five years old (January 2022), this Pinot is translucent garnet on the eyes with aromas of black cherry, nutmeg, and leather couch.  The palate DSC_0051has mouth-watering acidity with flavours of more ripe cherry, mint, leather, savoury light mushroom, a little freshly turned dirt, and some softly scrubbed tannins.

I can’t recommend this wine, and a visit with Mo, highly enough.  Next time you’re going to be driving DSC_0068through the Willamette Valley, make sure to contact him in advance for a private tasting.  Visiting with him and talking with him about his wines are well worth the effort.

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