Have you ever sampled a wine that looked good, smelled good, but then didn't deliver the 'goods'? I find it rare that I enjoy looking at and sniffing a wine, but then don't discover much to love about its in-the-mouth activities. Sadly, this was my experience with Chehalem's Rion Reserve Pinot Noir...
- From Oregon's Willamette Valley
- Semi-opaque ruby in color with a light copper rim
- Enticing scents of strawberry, eucalyptus, mushroom, and vanilla
- In the mouth, Rion Reserve started out impressively with tart cherry and cocoa flavors. However, in the mid-palette, the wine began to lose its grip. It is a medium-bodied wine, but the tannins seemed light & sparse. Then, sadly the wine was done. Finished. Now I'm not one to hope for Pinot Noir fruit bombs. I enjoy delicate Oregon Pinot. Yet the lack of acidity, structure, and complexity in this wine left me a bit disappointed (especially considering the fifty-buck price tag).
**.5 (2.5 stars out of 5)
In spite of the let down in my mouth, this Pinot was quite good with Ms. Juice's roasted duck and my grilled prawns.
I've not tasted other vintages of the Rion Reserve. I would be curious if others have, and what their experience was.