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Ayres 2010 Pinot Noir - Lewis Rogers Lane
Brad McLeroy had an impressive nine year tenure at Domaine Drouhin, polishing his winemaking skills under the expert tutelage of Veronique Drouhin. Expounding on DDO’s “French soul, Oregon soil,” Brad believes his wines do have a soul, and that soul gives the soil a voice. The Ayres Vineyard is comprised of over 10 acres of Pinot noir, situated on an east facing slope tucked into the south east area of the Ribbon Ridge AVA. I would consider this wine a chameleon of sorts, somewhat reminiscent of Oregon weather, in that it changes rapidly. Initially, I was inundated by Oregon funk, fresh forest floor and a classic dustiness. As the wine opened, there were elements of coastal salt air, that misty Oregon coast lined with trees, coveted by many. The nose continued to evolve into bramble and suede, laced with dark cherry. Intertwined in the massively beautiful structure and lush texture is brooding black cherry, dark berry smash (not really sure what that is, but it is exactly what I tasted) and deep nutrient rich soil. Beautiful now, this wine will only continue to blossom.