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Evaluate: Valcan Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir and 2017 Syrah

With over 20 years of expertise making wines in each Argentina and Oregon, Juan Pablo Valot and Doris Cancel’s Valcan (a portmanteau of their surnames) model affords fairly a range from which to decide on at their Corvallis base of operations, together with a “naked” Malbec which I hope to attempt within the close to future. However for now, we settle in with their Syrah, Pinot Noir, and the primary facet of Invoice Evans’ traditional Undercurrent LP for a quiet late autumn session.

2017 Valcan Cellars Syrah – Heavy on earthy notes at first, with pepper and flint main the cost and darkish fruit and licorice ultimately arriving on the occasion. It takes a while within the glass for issues to settle, however the reward is definitely worth the invested endurance. Restrained acidity and tannins, with thyme and dried bay leaf delivering complexity to a prolonged end.  B+ / $40

2016 Valcan Cellars Pinot Noir – Barely heavy with cherry and chocolate notes and a wisp of smoke on the nostril. Touches of dried herbs and rhubarb pique curiosity, however by no means a lot that it prohibits house for the cherry and ripe raspberry affect to increase. By no means overwhelming or unctuous, and fairly intriguing.  A- / $26

2017 Valcan Cellars Syrah


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