One of the most collectible Pinot Noirs made in all of Oregon is from a winery you’ve probably never heard of: Thomas Winery. Located in Carlton, Oregon, winemaker John Thomas has been releasing small amounts of wine from the Thomas Vineyard since 1988. I don’t recall ever seeing ratings from the Wine Advocate or the Wine Spectator, and I don’t think Thomas has ever hosted a public event. It truly is an undiscovered gem.
The ’05 is a light ruby red in color. Almost translucent. 13.4% ABV. Red fruits, Christmas spice and forest floor on the nose. Light in body with great acidity. Complex and structured. The palate has tart red cherries, blood orange, fruitcake and a great spicy component. The finish literally lasts for a minute or more. Super wine right now but it will clearly age for another 2-3 years. One of the best Oregon Pinot Noirs I have ever had.
My rating: 95 points.
Thomas Pinot Noir makes a brief appearance at Portland-area shops soon after release, and is priced right around $45 per bottle. I’ve had the opportunity to taste bottlings going back to the late 90’s, and think the wine shows best 7-10 years past the vintage date. You may still be able to secure a few bottles of the recently released 2011.
I’ve blogged about Thomas previously in Thomas Winery: The Best Pinot Noir You Have Never Heard Of.
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