2012 Appassionata Fortissimo Pinot Noir

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2012 Appassionata Fortissimo Pinot Noir
2012 Appassionata Fortissimo Pinot Noir

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Inspired by the three movements of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Piano Sonata, there are three Appassionata Pinot Noirs, released at different tempos.

The finale of the Appassionata Pinot Sonata is Fortissimo (dynamically forceful). Selected for ultimate expressivity and longevity, it is not released until 10 years after the vintage. This is the epitome of expressive excellence that we are seeking in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir – a wine that combines brooding intensity with lilting grace and can stand alongside the classic wines of the world. The 2012 Fortissimo is muscular and full-bodied, with a deep color and seamless structure. In this phase of maturation, tertiary aromas begin to show a profound complexity and subtle earthiness that only develops with bottle age and cannot be accelerated.

Production notes

100% destemmed; native yeast fermentation; unforced malolactic; matured 20 months in French oak barriques (25% new); no fining or filtration.

VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationDundee Hills
VineyardCharlie's Vineyard (25%), Bella Vida Vineyard (22%), Meyer Vineyard (22%), La Colina Vineyard (19%), Baptista Maresh Vineyard (10%)
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced109
95 points, Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
It is showing great acidity and fine-grained tannins. Its aromas and flavors of sweet red cherries, roasted pork shoulder and orange-pekoe tea are alive and kicking. -Wine Enthusiast, April 2023
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