Kelley Fox Pinot Noir Dourant Vineyard Coury Clone 2017
Regular price $65.00
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Winemaker Kelley Fox makes some of the most intensely elegant wines in Oregon, and has gained a loyal cult-y following as a result. This wine should make her followers geek out big time.
The Coury Clone pinot noir was among the earliest plantings in Oregon, having been smuggled into the state in a suitcase, as the legend is told. Some of it was sold as Pommard, and later correctly identified. Some have even surmised it is not even pinot noir . . .but in any case, the clone tends to produce finished wines that are high-toned, racy, with a texture and vinosity unlike the other pinot noir clones found here. The character of the clone combined with the winemaking of Kelley Fox could be a magical thing, and should be an exciting combination.
That said, this wine is currently tight and focused, like most higher-end 2017s. It has excellent extract, and exceptional persistence on the palate now, with refined tannins coming in on the finish. But It must have some time to develop in the bottle before drinking. I recommend at least 12-18 months. After that, it should age well for a decade or more. 150 scant cases produced.