2011 TRISAETUM Pinot Noir
‘Wichman Dundee Estate’
Willamette Valley


91 rating

2 in stock


Moderately rolling benches and side slopes of the western flank of Ribbon Ridge.

Once under the Pacific Ocean, soils are predominantly marine sediments of high-quartz sandstone and weathered bedrock. Soils include Bellpine; as well as Sitton, Wellsdale and Dupee of the Willakenzie series.

Wine Advocate – 91 Points

Trisaetum’s hundred cases of 2011 Pinot Noir Wichmann Dundee Estate represents a single block planted largely to Dijon Clone 115 that came into production a year ahead of the rest of this new site. Dark berries against a stony, mossy, forest floor backdrop make this one of those 2011s to exhibit a contrast of metaphorically sinister flavors with high-acid brightness and alcoholic levity – a combination one occasionally also encounters from the Cote d’Or. Salted sauteed mushroom and beef stock lend mouthwatering savor to a long, juicy and intriguing finish. I detect a faint, detached catch of oak tannin but hopefully that will soon integrate. To say that this represents a promising vineyard debut under unusual circumstances would be an understatement. To what extent this location and its particular variation on Jory soil; or to what extent, rather, clone is responsible, must remain an open question; but I certainly wouldn’t have picked this blind as having come from Dundee. “Just so you know,” says Frey in response to that statement, “2012 tastes almost exactly the same, even though it’s a completely different sort of vintage” and the other clones have come into production. I would tentatively plan on following this 2011 through 2018.

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