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Animale 2012 Pinot Noir Label Tonnelier Vineyard Photo

2012 Pinot Noir

AVA: Yamhill-Carlton District, Oregon (Willamette Valley)

Vineyard and Blend: 100% Pinot Noir grown at the Tonnelier Vineyard, by Mike and Julie Slater, Yamhill, OR

Harvest Date: 10/13/2012

Brix at Harvest: 23.4

Aging: Neutral French oak, 9 months

Alcohol: 13.5%

Production: 30 cases

Tasting Notes:

Translucent medium red color, complex aromatics of ripe strawberries, damp earth, mushrooms, freshly ground peppercorns, rose petals, and desert flowers; full-bodied with flavors of cherry, cola, dried herbs; vibrant, food-friendly acidity, and a lingering tannic finish.

Winemaker Comments:

There is white wine, there is red wine, and then there is Pinot Noir. The near-perfect weather of the 2012 vintage in the northern Willamette Valley tempted ANIMALE to return to Pinot Noir for the first time since 2007. The grapes, expertly grown on the spectacular south- and west-facing slopes of the Tonnelier Vineyard, achieved that elusive balance amongst ripeness, acid, and phenolics that makes for a magical food-pairing experience when young, and assures a long life ahead in the cellar.


  • Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt), October 2015, Rating: 90 Points
  • Wines Northwest (Chuck Hill), July 8, 2015 - Featured Wine of the Week
  • " Animale 2012 Pinot Noir Yamhill-Carlton AVA - Matt Gubitosa has retired from his day job and is now working full time at growing his Seattle-based micro winery in the Ballard neighborhood. He sources his Pinot Noir from a friend's vineyard in Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The wine is complex with strawberry, spicy cherry candy, fennel and barrel toast on the nose, and a salmon-friendly palate of red cherry and baking spice."

Label Design by: Curt Collinsworth, San Francisco, CA

Status: SOLD OUT at the winery, but available from highly select retailers. Contact ANIMALE for advice on where to obtain this wine.

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