We’re back with a fresh look at Bryn Mawr’s Willamette Valley-based pinot noir, grown on the winery’s estate in the Eola-Amity Hills region.
It’s something of a bruiser for the brand, a bit bigger than the 2018 release we reviewed in January in every way. Weighty notes of turned earth and some oxidized fruit give this wine gravitas from the start, though classic elements of cherry, tea leaf, and cola emerge quickly to pinch its cheeks and perk it up a bit. The wine still feels underdeveloped and scattered today, its flavors yet to harmonize completely, though I think a year or two in cellar will be helpful in that effort. If drinking today, it’s definitely best when paired with food.
B+ / $30 / brynmawrvineyards.com