Tendril 'Child's Play' Pinot Noir

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Certain cuvée names suggest some real winemaking swagger; like, say, the "I Can Do This In My Sleep" Grenache. Now, I know that's not what winemaker Tony Rynders meant here -- a, it refers to the fact that all the labels are made by his daughters and b, he's a pretty humble guy, despite being one of Oregon's most highly acclaimed winemakers (he was the head of Domaine Serene for 10 of its most award-besotted, number-strewn years) -- but I suppose if *I'd* just made one of the best sub-$30 Pinots from the Willamette Valley this store had tasted in years, I might be a little proud myself.

The same sexy fruit sources that go into Rynders' much more expensive wines go into Child's Play (mostly driven by the marine-sediment-dominated soils of the Yamhill-Carlton subregion), and -- its name aside -- this is a freakishly serious bottle for its money. Notes of blackberrries, raspberries, black tea and earthy black pepper all combine to make this fresh and delicious now... but it also has the structure to be a fantastic cellar candidate. If this is child's play? We have a prodigy on our hands.

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