2015 Momtazi Vineyard "Tir"


2015 Momtazi Vineyard "Tir"


94 Points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous

This Demeter-certified biodynamic wine is a selection of less than 3 barrels from a very special block of a field blend of 114, 667, and Pommard planted in 2003 by/for the beloved, late Jimi Brooks. This beautiful, isolated east-facing block is surrounded from above (the west) by strong native Oregon oak trees and a few madrones, and a natural spring runs down the steep slope just north of this block. The wine from these vines is unlike any other block at Momtazi Vineyard I have worked with over the many years. The notes I wrote on the weigh tag on the day of picking were that “the fruit is in perfect condition. Picked early this morning, these small clusters are cool in temperature, and the berries are tiny.” The colour is an utterly transparent, medium-dark bluish red, and my first impression was that it is full of movement, freshness, and aliveness. The nose is expansive with minerals, exotic spices and dark fruits. But “dark fruit” here is not a euphemism for “very ripe”. This alcohol of this Pinot is 12.5%. There is something aristocratic about this wine. It has easy power and is graceful. The mouth has more fruit (without coming remotely close to being a fruit bomb) than my other bottlings of Momtazi along with the typical Momtazi exotic spices and a whiff of wild herbs. It finishes long. It has exciting tension, and it is detailed and precise without losing its generosity. I think it will cellar for many years beautifully.

Appellation: McMinnville A.V.A.
Picking Date: 14 September
Barrels: no new wood-all neutral Burgundy barrels (228L)
Bottling Date: 29 June 2016
Alcohol: 12.5 %
Cases Produced: 48

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Critical Acclaim for This Wine

2015 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Momtazi Tir: 94

"(raised in neutral French oak barrels) Limpid red. Sharply focused dark berry, cherry pit and pungent floral scents, along with smoky mineral and cola flourishes. Sweet and concentrated yet lively on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry cola and violet pastille flavors that deepen and become spicier on the back half. Clings with superb tenacity on the gently tannic finish, which features sappy dark fruit and succulent herb qualities as well as an exotic jolt of five-spice powder."

Drinking window: 2022-2028

from Vinous, January 2018 "Oregon Pushes the Quality Needle for Pinot" -Josh Raynolds