2009 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
Following the 2009 Willamette Valley rendition of this variety which disappeared in 4 weeks, we do not expect the Dundee Hills Pinot to last long. 2009 was a warm, bountiful year and while many producers have given the market high alcohol, overripe fruit bombs, you will not find that in any 2009 Pinot noirs from Cameron. Deep roots without irrigation is the key: these vines have far less leaf canopy and fewer stomata for gas exchange so that significantly less sugar is produced over the course of the ripening season. Add to that the higher elevation of our Abbey Ridge Vineyard and you have before you a wine of elegance and grace (13.0% alcohol), luscious black cherry aromas and mouth-watering texture. Bottled in late March and offered at around $25 per bottle, you will be impressed. 550 cases produced.
Recently noted in Portland Monthly as one of the top 11 Oregon Pinot noirs and a “best buy”. Here is what they had to say:
2009 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Cameron wines are characterized by dry farming—using little to no irrigation—which allows them to highlight the unique characteristics of each vintage. Floral flavors and juicy red fruit on the tongue accent striking scents of dark cherries, hay, and leather. With strong tannins and mild acidity, this accessible bottle will be delightful for outdoor barbecues and nights on the porch.