2008 Cameron Clos Electrique Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, OR
The 2007 was singing the other night so decided to try the next vintage. Cameron Funk on the nose, probably a 2 - 3 on the 10 scale. A fair dose of baking spice with some neutral wood and mild conifer. The fruit is more stewed than fresh consistent with the riper vintage. Black cherries, strawberry and red/black bramble preserves with a hint of citrus peel. On the elegant side compared to many 08s, there’s plenty of muscle and definition. Structure-wise this could easily go 10 more years. I’m not equally confident that the fruit can keep up. A typically well balanced Cameron Pinot with stealthy acidity that quietly keeps the wine integrated. Some massaging tannins and a long moderately intense finish. This wine avoids a number of 08 pitfalls…over-ripeness, overbearing structure or over compensating with oak. I don’t love the vintage…despite the early claims of greatness, but no regrets. Drink or hold.