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|Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2009 (based on 3 user opinions)|
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Community Tasting Notes (average 13 notes) - and median of 84 pts. in hiding notes with no text
| ||Tasted by Dulcie and Aylwin on 9/20/2009: Dulcie demanded something red to go with her wild mushrooms (eaten with chicken) and I complied by providing one of the lingering "cheap" Willamettes; it had been hanging around for a while as evidenced by the last TN being more than two years old. I was not overly optimistic; yet the results were not bad, though I pity the poor sod who paid $28 lo these many years. Color is dark clear black cherry red, fairly modest floral PN nose; cherry fruit is there, nothing particularly complex; there is a slightly mean green note as the taste progresses as one other had noted. (1462 views)|
| ||Tasted by MPF on 11/18/2007 & rated 86 points: Better than other reviewers have given it credit for. Pleasant, if a bit thin in the fruit. Few tanins and no oak. A straightforward pinot (1701 views)|
| ||Tasted by Nutty08 on 4/25/2007 & rated 80 points: Nice fruit forward nose with rich earthy background. Unfortunately, mid palate has a sour green note which dampens any excitement for the finish, which is short to medium and shows some terrior. (2025 views)|
| ||Tasted by howardeb on 4/20/2007 & rated 84 points: Previous tasters were correct: flavors do not blend at all. (1993 views)|
| ||Tasted by sailcappy on 4/1/2007 & rated 90 points: light and very drinkable, nice everyday (2157 views)|
| ||Tasted by dhonig on 3/10/2007 & rated 84 points: At first terribly thin, actually watered-down tasting. After a couple of hours it improved, but lacked fruit and depth. A bland terroir-only wine that could best be described merely as "drinkable." (1474 views)|
| ||Tasted by Carl Thoma on 12/30/2006 & rated 84 points: For $28/bottle I was disappointed. Made in a clean style (heavily filtered and fined), but resulted in simple, slightly cooked cherry and berry flavors. Soft. Better than Firesteed and AtoZ. Van Duzer, Bethel Heights, etc. at the same price is better. (1600 views)|
| ||Tasted by Schu on 10/21/2006 & rated 86 points: Not terrible as one would be lead to believe based on other reviews, but it is not the best pinot to say the least. Extremely sweet fruity (cherry?) flavor with a strong smell and aftertaste of alcohol. Definitely not integrated well. I will not be buying this one again. (2841 views)|
| ||Tasted by mmurry on 8/19/2006 & rated 86 points: Wines of the Pacific NW! (Farpointe Cellar): This Pinot was a liitle better than the other one in the tasting. It had lots of cherry, and earth on the nose. This was followed by notes of strawberry and vanilla. The palate was fairly smooth, with some cherry mixed with spice and oak. The only bad thing was that these were out of balance. The tannins were soft, and it finished good. (2239 views)|
| ||Tasted by vaaccess on 7/15/2006 & rated 65 points: Yuck...It tastes strangely sweet and has a pasty after-taste...I bought it for the bottle, though, so it's all good. (2156 views)|
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King Estate winery in Oregon in this 2003 photograph.
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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