2010 Ayoub Pinot Noir Murto Vineyard- USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (2/2/2021)
Dusty fruit notes of cranberry, raspberry, plum, and a touch of creme de violette intermingle with black tea and baking spices wafting from the glass. Brooding and structured, with great concentration and intensity on the palate supported by grippy tannins and laser-focused acidity. This wine could probably be held for a few more years but it’s superb right now. (93 pts.)
I got to taste with Mo Ayoub a few years ago. The tasting room is his kitchen! All of his wines were quite good, with the Memoirs series being a bit on the riper side. It is worth tasting there because Mo has the dryest sense of humor in the Valley.
We love his wines and appreciated the tasting experience with him. A few nights later we were eating dinner outside in an open area and saw him walk by. He stopped to say hello and see how we were. He looked down at what we were drinking (probably a sparkling), gave us a look and said “it’s not one of my bottles.” We laughed, said no, it wasn’t, we were only in Oregon for the weekend so needed to taste as broadly as we could. He half grunted, said goodbye and walked off to have his dinner. Too funny.
I was just thinking the other day how much we liked talking with him and enjoying his wine - so much so that I signed up for his wine club and have a case coming in March.
With attempting to properly social distance, Mo is now hosting tastings (when he is able to) all over his house, in his kitchen, living room, back porch, even in the winery itself. I’ve asked him repeatedly over the years why he doesn’t have some kind of tasting room, and I really don’t think he ever will, tastings will always be at his house in one form or another.
Didn’t know he made a wine from Murto. I love the estate and still have one left of the 10 and 12. They have been terrific in the last year or so. Is he still making a Murto wine ? Would love to compare to Belle Pente’s. Love their version.
If you’ve ever heard Mo say something like “this is a baby”, or “this will be better in a couple years”, he is correct. I’ve recently had bottles of his Estate from '07, '08, and '09, and they were still bright and fresh and not showing much age.