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2010 William Hatcher Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

The fruit reveals the wine to the winemaker. Accordingly, the winemaker shepherds the wine rather than makes it. Notably, there is no word for "winemaker" in French, Italian or Spanish: one is a vigneron, viticoltore, or vinicultor, the idea being that the wine is made in the vineyard.

 

In a given vintage, the optimal blend may comprise only half or so of the barrels I make. As with the preparation of a fine meal, it is a question of what precisely informs the whole. Too much of the finest ingredient may overwhelm the balance. Thus, REX HILL and A to Z are always blessed with some beautiful barrels.

 

The 2010 William Hatcher Pinot Noir seduces with aromas of strawberry and cherry mingled with blood orange and cola. The subtle oak casts hints of Zwieback toast. Like the 2009, the fragrances of the red fruits give way to dark fruits on the palate: black cherry, marionberries, plum and cassis.

 

The forward freshness rounds to a generous mid-palate while subsiding on a long finish. Consistent with my winemaking style, the resulting wine is more characterized by elegance than power and the structural bias is toward acidity over tannins although the fineness of the tannins contributes to the overall finesse of the wine.

 

With its balance and freshness, the 2010 William Hatcher should age well for ten years or more.

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