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2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir Eola Amity Hills Lumiere at 92 by Wine Advocate, April 2015
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2012 J. Christopher Pinot Noir Eola Amity Hills Lumiere
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Eola Amity Hills Lumiere includes 10% cluster fruit, although Jay Somer told me that there is no intention to rank it up much higher at the moment. It comes from the northeastern flank of the Eola-Amity hills on volcanic soils with a lot of basalt and sees 20 months in 25% new French oak. It has a clean and precise bouquet with red cherries, kirsch and touches of orange sorbet that gain intensity with aeration - great clarity here and a great expression of "the dirt." The palate is medium-bodied with sappy ripe, slightly saline fruit, a little grainy texture with good density toward the finish that is a little terse and strict, but displays very fine tension. Superb."