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Thistle 2006 Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
This is Oregon Pinot Noir at its best, with varietal distinction and well-defined terroir. Great purity of fruit shows in a wine of tremendous focus and concentration. Strawberry and cherry flavors are set in a perfectly balanced, moderately alcoholic wine with careful details of baking spice, cola and cocoa.
Thistle 2009 Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
Unfined and unfiltered, Thistle’s organically grown Pinot Noir is already showing a tawny rim. Soft and generous, with berry and cherry flavors, it has a tangy kick and a persistent spice note. The complexity and accessibility are especially appealing. Drink soon.
Thistle 2010 Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills)
Spectacular Oregon Pinot Blanc, showing ripe citrus, citrus peel, fresh herb, wet rock and a lick of honey, all elegantly and seamlessly wrapped into a subtle and complex whole. Made from organic grapes fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel.
Thistle 2009 Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills)
This lively, spritzy Pinot Blanc, made from organically grown grapes, matches the previous vintage with lovely fruit—golden apple, pink grapefruit and pickled watermelon. It freshens and lifts the palate as it moves into a finish that keeps the fruit while adding a strong vein of mineral and wet rock.
Thistle 2007 Chardonnay (Dundee Hills)
This herbal, crisp Chardonnay is clean and bracing. The winery name suggests the flavors, which have a thistly component, along with tangerine, Meyer lemon, lime, green apple and tonic. Very long and very fresh.
Thistle 2012 Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills)
Thistle consistently produces one of Oregon’s best Pinot Blancs. This is creamy and fresh, bursting with ripe pear and melon, and streaked with a gentle hint of coconut and vanilla. The lush finish seems to carry on for a full minute or longer.
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Thistle 2008 Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills)
Tasty with terrific dry extract, this excellent Pinot Blanc stands out with a palate-pleasing mix of grapefruit, pineapple and citrus rind. Sharp and penetrating, it lingers into a graceful finish annotated with toasted hazelnuts.
Thistle 2008 Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills)
A firm, full, distinctive Pinot Noir, from an organic vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Light fruit flavors of berry play second fiddle to notes of earth and clay, and drying tannins. The wine surprises with its length; it extends into a finish that continues to hold your attention and its focus, for a minute or more.