Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2011 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – Bottle Notes

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.

Light red in color. 13.2% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, black tea, tilled soil and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Power and concentration that belies the color of the wine. Bing cherry, strawberry, earth and mushrooms on the palate. The finish is exceptionally long and seamless. Such an elegant wine. Absolutely beguiling Pinot Noir. Best over the next 2-3 years although I would not be surprised if it kept even longer.

My rating: 94 points.

Thomas Pinot Noir makes a brief appearance at Portland-area shops soon after release, and is priced around $75 per bottle. The 2018 was recently released to members of the mailing list. If you want to put your name on the mailing list you will need track down the winery address and send John a letter. I’ve had the opportunity to taste bottles going back to the late 90’s, and think the wine shows best 7-10 years past the vintage date.

A visit to Thomas is on my winery bucket list.

I’ve blogged about Thomas previously in The 2020 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and Thomas Winery: The Best Pinot Noir You Have Never Heard Of.

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