Ahh, I had dinner recently with friends that are HUGE Oregon wine lovers and have been collecting for years. I brought over the new 2007 Lange Estate Pinot Gris and 2005 Lange Estate Freedom Hill Pinot Noir - which blew their socks off!
Next time you reach for Oregon - give Lange a try. You'll be hooked I just know it. Here's some recent accolades and press passed along from the Lange family...
Recent Press on 2006 Pinot Noirs
In addition to recognition from The Prince of Pinot and well-known wine writer, John Winthrop Haeger, we were surprised this past summer by a visit from Jay Miller of eRobertParker. At his request, we arranged a last-minute tasting and share his reviews below.
2006 PINOT NOIR "THREE HILLS CUVEE"
"Overall, Lange pinots display great aromatic interest, strong minerality, and bright, refreshing structure. The Three Hills Cuvee is quite approachable early on ..." TASTING NOTES: "Luminous medium garnet; fragrant, flowers-and-red-fruit nose; intense; slightly peppery, and edgy attack; red fruit and spice on the mid-palate; bright and attractive overall, with a hint of citrus and the texture of polished cotton." -John Winthrop Haeger, Pacific Pinot Noir
"The 2006 Pinot Noir Three Hills Cuvee is a blend of the estate's three oldest single vineyards. It is dark ruby-colored with an alluring nose of Asian spices, earth notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. This leads to a medium- to full-bodied Pinot with good density, savory flavors, and enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years. 90 points." -Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com, October 2008
2006 PINOT NOIR "LANGE ESTATE VINEYARD"
"Bright red cherry and rose petal aromas. Juicy and succulent red cherry and raspberry fruit coat the mouth with hints of dust and Xmas spice and ending in a long, scented finish. The whole package is impressively harmonious." - William "Rusty" Gaffney, MD - aka, The Prince of Pinot, "PinotFile," December 13, 2008. *The Prince of Pinot, who does not rate wines on a numerical scale, gave this wine the Pinot Geek Icon, which signifies "a Pinot Noir that is truly exceptional. Only the most complete and transcendent Pinot Noirs will be so designated."
"The 2006 Pinot Noir Lange Estate Vineyard offers more spice and darker fruits. Plummy, blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors lead to a smooth-textured, layered wine with good balance and length. It can be enjoyed over the next eight years. 91 points." -Jay Miller, eRobertParker.com, October 2008