Utopia 2016 & 2018 Estate Pinot Noir

Utopia 2016 & 2018 Estate Pinot Noir

Utopia 2016 & 2018 Pinot Noir

Utopia 2016 & 2018 Estate Pinot Noir

The Utopia 2016 & 2018 Estate Pinot Noir were very close in the vertical tasting so I will review these two vintages together. They are a distinctive blend of 12 clones from the estate vineyard, showcasing the broadest interpretation of the vineyard’s terroir. The wine exhibits ripe berry and cherry fruit combined with rose petal and spicy aromas, while a vertical tasting with Erin at the winery offered an enjoyable and insightful experience.

Tasting Notes

On the Nose: Ripe berry and cherry fruit mingled with rose petal and spicy aromas, creating an elegant and alluring bouquet.

On the Palate: The palate showcases layers of red fruit flavors, complemented by subtle earthy undertones. A medium body and soft, well-integrated tannins contribute to a refined and lingering finish.

Pairing Suggestions

The Utopia 2016 & 2018 Estate Pinot Noir are a versatile choice for various dishes. Enjoy it with light meat dishes like roasted chicken, duck, or pork, as well as fatty fish like salmon or tuna. This wine also pairs exceptionally well with mushroom-based dishes, filet mignon, soft cheeses, and light pastas.

Closing Notes

Utopia Vineyard and Winery is a family-owned gem, specializing in small-lot, handcrafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from the heart of Ribbon Ridge AVA in the Northern Willamette Valley, Oregon. Dan Warnshuis, the founder of Utopia, has been dedicated to winemaking for over two decades, and the winery continues to produce exceptional wines that cater to loyal members and wine enthusiasts alike.

Structure Breakdown Utopia 2016 & 2018 Estate Pinot Noir

* Acidity: Medium-high

* Body: Medium

* Tannins: Soft, well-integrated

* Region: Ribbon Ridge AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

* Varietal Composition: Pinot Noir

* ABV: 14.1%

Vino-Rater Score: 92

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Overall Rating

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95 – 100 Points: Memorable and world-class, these wines leave you in awe from the very first sip.

90-94 Points: Outstanding and enticing, these wines invite you to savor every glass.

85-89 points: Wines that are good but missing something.

80-84 points: Average wines that leave room for improvement in today’s competitive market.

75-79: Life’s too short

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