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Delightfully Drinkable | Black Magnolia 2015 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon | By Real Nice Winemakers


You seldom encounter an Oregon Pinot Noir of this quality at this price. 

"I’ve missed you Oregon Pinot Noir."

I am strongly recommending the Real Nice Winemakers 2015 Black Magnolia Pinot Noir. My Pinot Noir drinkers will instantly appreciate this wine. And speaking to you non-Pinot Noir drinkers, this wine is the perfect excuse to try again. It is well crafted and priced reasonably. You can afford to give it a taste. I think you will be as pleased as I was.
"Wow. Very good. Ready to drink. Big like."


Tasting Notes Black Magnolia 2015 Pinot Noir
Color: Pale ruby, clear rim.
Nose: Medium intensity, earthy raspberry, savory spice, blackcurrant, strawberry jam. Pretty.
Palate:  Medium body, fruity, bright red cherry, ripe strawberry, creamy, medium plus acidity, dry, pretty medium finish. Well done.

30 minutes: Medium ruby color. Tobacco leaf, candied fruit, ripe raspberry, perfume on the nose. Fluid, medium minus body, cranberry, cherry, strawberry, dry, medium plus acidity, lightly creamy, clove, with touch of dark chocolate and mushroom into savory medium finish. Wants food with acidity to pair. Chill to drink. Suggest pairing with mango salsa and fish tacos, Ceviche, or Moroccan lamb with mint.

Remember this label, Black Magnolia 2015 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley.

One hour: Opened up, medium plus intensity, broad nose of soft, red fruit, cherry, mushroom, red cherry, plum, clove, spice. Drank with spice, cherry, rhubarb, mushroom, bright acidity, nice lift mid-palate, raspberry, and truffle into the tasty medium finish. Lovely. Delicate, with character, perfect for reading a good book. I believe Pinot Noir drinkers will thoroughly enjoy this wine.

Beautiful day for enjoying Black Magnolia 2015 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Day two: Sunny, warm afternoon. Served wine chilled. Perfect. Satisfying Oregon Pinot Noir, fresh, drinkable, medium minus body, cherry, cola, lightly savory, textured on tongue, very dry, nice zip which stimulated, raspberry on moderate finish which will make you want more.

* Delightfully drinkable, suitable for food too, craved BLT, lamb chops, smoked salmon, watermelon salad, and cheese plate. I’ve missed you Oregon Pinot Noir.

At room temperature: Modest nose, cherry and cranberry on the palate, medium intensity, tapering to an earthy raspberry, bright, juicy red fruit into the medium finish. Wow. Very good. Ready to drink. Big like.

Day three: Dry, raspberry with earthy strawberry, textured on tongue with acid tingle on gums, bit of cola on the medium finish. I like it. Tomato salad with shaved cheese, or a BLT with avocado and crusty bread, or just a simple cheese plate with this wine and I’d be content.

* I'm on a BLT kick these days, if you had not noticed.

Thoughts: Showed well at open and at one hour seemed well integrated. A lovely Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Considerable value for such a reasonably priced, premium Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Drink now and over the next three years. You seldom encounter an Oregon Pinot Noir of this quality at this lower price point. Run, don't walk.
Strongly Recommended.

A four season Oregon Pinot Noir.
State: Oregon
Region: Willamette Valley AVA
Vineyards: Hyland, Olsen and Domaine Loubejac Vineyards
Closure: DIAM5
ABV: 13.8%
SRP: $22
503-560-4280 (Distributor or trade Inquiries)
503-662-3700 (Order wine or questions about your order)

About Hyland Vineyard
Hyland Vineyard is one of the oldest and most renowned vineyards in the Willamette Valley. Planted in 1972, it was a core vineyard for Oregon producers throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Today, Hyland is the epitome of old school Oregon wine growing, with wide rows, dry farming, and non-grafted vines. Hyland Vineyard changed hands about 10 years ago and is now farmed for the highest quality fruit using organic and biodynamic farming practices.

The interplay of wine and light.

About Real Nice Winemakers and Anthony Van Nice
Anthony has been in the wine industry for over 20 years and got his start as a cellar rat working at Archery Summitt with Gary Andrus. After this, he went on to work in Burgundy, Australia, New Zealand and eventually made it back to Oregon. He was the first employee of a start-up winery called The Four Graces and quickly became their GM and later President until it was sold to the Foley Wine Group.

After having spent the last few years helping others build their own wineries, he thought it was finally time that he started his own. And so Real Nice Winemakers was born. Having worked in sales for the past few years, he took his dream, combined it with his knowledge and advice from Sommeliers across the US and created this Pinot Noir and later, a Rosé. Both wines are representative of the Willamette Valley terroir.

Well done Anthony.


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