Intriguingly mossy, saline, and alkaline notes in the nose of Adelsheim's 2009 Pinot Noir Elizabeth's Reserve put me in mind of both seaside and forest scents, though there is also a high-toned evocation of kirsch. Toasted almond and lentil sprouts mingle with cherry and the aforementioned mineral elements on a firm, slightly grainy palate.
The name “Elizabeth’s Reserve” was first used in 1986 todesignate the blend of our best barrels of Pinot noir. From1987 until 1999 it designated a single vineyard wine, butin 2000 returned to a “best of winery” reserve - the bestbarrels from our best lots. Most of the fruit for this wine(65%) comes from five of our estate vineyards locatedon south-facing slopes of the Chehalem Mountains andRibbon Ridge. With many wonderful lots representingdifferent soil types, clones, site climates, fermenter sizes,and barrel characteristics, winemaker Dave Paige pulls together those that best create a reserve level wine, one that truly reflects the vintage and character of our corner ofthe Willamette Valley.