Aberrant Cellars Philtrum Pinot Noir Blanc 2014

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A distinct, and decidedly different, interpretation of Pinot Noir. On the surface one might surmise this wine to resemble a non-sparkling version of a Blanc de Noir. While both wines rely on Pinot Noir's adaptive qualities for intriguing wines to be made, at the Y intersection Philtrum veers onto the road less travelled.As with all white wines, aromatics play a significant role in the overall statement they will make - Philtrum is no exception. A virtual smorgasbord of fresh, vibrant perfumes waft from the glass. Initially, delicate high-toned orchard flowers & fruits tease poetically, then give way to zesty white currants & raspberries and a finishing kiss of passion-fruit. The final nuance suggests as though the wine is served in a glass dusted with a pastry-chef's deft hand while crafting a fine brioche. Once onto the palate there is a little more weight than the aromatics may suggest, though most certainly built on the textural foundation of Pinot Noir'silk. Mid-palate richness and a savory, spice-filled back palate ensure equally happy hunting grounds for the pontificators, and the hot-tubbers..or both! Yea, it's unique.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country United States
Region Oregon
Appellation Willamette Valley
Brand Aberrant Cellars
Alcohol/vol 13.3%
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Wine EnthusiastThis intriguing category-white wine made from red grapes-finds another winner in this new release from Aberrant Cellars. A pale copper hue, it's rich and full bodied, loaded with flavors of poached pear. Highlights of pepper and toast give way to a finish that somehow suggests Butterfinger candy. It's flat-out gorgeous from start to finish.

Paul Gregutt, April 1, 2017