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Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir "Mountain Terroir"

Our Selection for Wine of the Week January 25, 2010

Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir "Mountain Terroir"

Cooper Mountain Vineyards
2007 Pinot Noir "Mountain Terroir"


Green is the operative word at Cooper Mountain. This organic and biodynamic winery is considered a leader in environmentally-conscious farming. Located on a volcanic mountain slope in Oregon's Willamette Valley region, Cooper Mountain Vineyards was founded in 1978 by Dr. Robert Gross and his wife Corrine. Dr. Gross, guided by his practice in homeopathic medicine, began exploring natural farming methods in 1990. Today, the winery produces biodynamic Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Malbec and Pinot Noir. The 2007 Pinot Noir "Mountain Terroir" is bright and tart with a light body but still offers the earthy notes typical of Oregon terroir. On the nose, it offers cherry candy and mushroom notes. The palate is dominated by red currants with underlying flavors of brambles, truffles and spice. The finish has a faint medicinal quality, but the lasting note is of caramel, not cough syrup. With its light flavors and vibrant acidity, this is the kind of wine to pair with almost any savory dish. Try it with game meats, mushroom risotto, roast chicken, grilled fish, goat cheeses or even winter stews.

Rating: 13/20

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