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. The winery has achieved cult like status among wine collectors.
Garnet in color. Almost translucent. 13.9% ABV. Red fruits, roses and earth on the nose. Light body with bright, racy acidity. Wow! Complex and sophisticated. Cranberries, rhubarb, smoke, cinnamon and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long. This is Oregon Pinot Noir at its very best. Maybe the best wine I have ever had from John Thomas. Stunning now but will drink well for another 4-6 years if not longer.
My rating: 95 points.
Thomas Pinot Noir makes a brief appearance at Portland-area shops soon after release, and is priced right around $55 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.
I’ve blogged about Thomas previously in Thomas Winery: The Best Pinot Noir You Have Never Heard Of.
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