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2012 Primarius Pinot Noir

2012 Primarius Pinot Noir Oregon


 
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A top Oregon Pinot from a 96-point Wine Enthusiast vintage. Parker agrees, rating 2012 in the Pacific Northwest as “Excellent” while the Wine Spectator weighs in with: “Stunning… with many large-volume, moderately priced options overdelivering on quality. It’s one of those vintages where virtually any bottle on the shelf should be worth drinking. The 2012s combine ripe flavors with Oregon’s natural penchant for transparency and elegance, exactly what happens in a typically cool climate when Mother Nature lavishes sun and warmth on a smaller-than- usual crop.

“The vintage stands as one of the best the state has ever produced,” concludes the Spectator.

And with such stunning source ingredients from an awesome vintage, Primarius put together a winner of a Pinot Noir, which earned 90 points and a Best Buy designation from Wine & Spirits. “This bright pinot has a gamay-like scent, pronounced raspberry flavors and smokiness, like lapsang souchong tea. There’s an interesting tension between the fruit and savory elements, and more complexity than you’d expect to find at the price," says W&S. While the Wine Enthusiast calls this “A distinctive bottle with notes of fresh herbs, rose hips, mint and cola.”

Aging in French oak barrels adds a woodsy, toasty character to this otherwise red- raspberry scented and rosehip-nuanced Pinot with hibiscus notes adding a delicious lift at the close. Drink this with cheeses, poultry and lighter meats or match it with this summer’s catch of wild Pacific salmon.


Reasons why we love it:

Once in a blue moon, all the pieces of the grape-growing puzzle go absolutely perfectly. Such was the case in Oregon during the 2012 vintage. A warmer than usual spring and summe, with just the right amount of rainfall at precisely the right time produced unusually lush Pinot from Oregon that still retains the state’s typical finesse and class.

Primarius is part of Oregon’s Precept Wine Company, the largest privately owned wine organization in the Northwest. Established great names like Canoe Ridge, Ste. Chapelle and Waterbrook are also under the Precept company umbrella. Primarius is Precept’s top tier, focusing on limited production wine from Oregon’s top sites.

Primarius winemaker Sarah Cabot has been making wine in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for eight years running and is something of a Northwest Pinot expert. Cabot is currently in charge of operations at Omero Cellars as well as Primarius after assisting at Willakenzie and Belle Pente along with one Southern Hemisphere harvest making Pinot Noir at Akurua in New Zealand’s Central Otago.

A lovely Pinot from a fantastic vintage. Rich raspberry aroma, with black cherry and rose petal notes. The French oak complements the fruit, and the wine has an elegant finish.

Primarius Pinot Noir embodies sheer elegance, where delicate flavors give way to full fruit expression; providing the most pleasurable drinking experience for wine lovers. Primarius represents Oregon's finest cool climate regions and is a true reflection of the state's most famed varietal. Latin for ‘distinguished,' Primarius promises sophistication in every sip and exceeds expectations in quality, flavor and value.

WINEMAKER - SARAH CABOT
Sarah Cabot is the total package. She brings an ideal combination of ultra-premium Pinot Noir winemaking experience, good business sense, viticultural passion, and all-around poise and ease of articulation about what makes Oregon so special.

Already a familiar face and name in Oregon, Sarah has been making wine in the Willamette Valley for eight consecutive years. She has been the principal winemaker for Omero Cellars since its start in 2008. Prior and concurrent to that she served as assistant winemaker for Willakenzie Estate. She started as an assistant winemaker with Belle Pente Vineyard in Calrton, Ore, after obtaining her winemaking and viticulture degree from the Northwest Wine Academy (South Seattle CC). Sarah also worked abroad as cellar assistant with Akarua Vineyard and Winery in Central Otago, NZ for a season in 2010.

Aging in French oak barrels adds a woodsy, toasty character to this otherwise red- raspberry scented and rosehip-nuanced Pinot with hibiscus notes adding a delicious lift at the close. Drink this with cheeses, poultry and lighter meats or match it with this summer’s catch of wild Pacific salmon.

Wine Ratings

90 Points- Wine & Spirtis 

91 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

"This bright pinot has a gamay-like scent, pronounced raspberry flavors and smokiness, like lapsang souchong tea. There’s an interesting tension between the fruit and savory elements, and more complexity than you’d expect to find at the price."- Wine & Spirts 

The 2012 Primarius Pinot Noir is a wonderfully drinkable bottle of wine, super light and quaffable with fresh red fruit, bramble and leather.  The wine is surprisingly complex, with notes of dark earth, tobacco leaf and cassis.  The bright acidity and smooth tannin balance nicely through the long finish.  Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ May 2016

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