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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 6 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2007 vintage.)
ProducerCameron (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley
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Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 11 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Brix on 8/5/2014 & rated 90 points: Can't believe this is the first I've tasted from a half case purchased at release - I'm not usually that disciplined. Deep, deep red in the glass, considerably darker than I expected until I recalled the '08 OR vintage.

I'm accustomed to the Cameron funk, but this one was particularly stanky when opened. While some of it blew off, this remains assertively aromatic: dark, almost but not quite raisiny fruit, a piney, peppery herbal top note, and an overall musky thing that makes certain you won't mistake this for a wimpy supermarket Pinot. Brighter in the mouth, thanks to a healthy dose of acidity. Even so, this isn't a restrained wine - it's deep and relatively hearty, better suited to bolder fare. What I'm saying is, this isn't the WV Pinot to pair with salmon.

I always enjoy Cameron wines, and this is no exception, but this wine is on the biggish side of my personal preferences. (346 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 2/17/2013 & rated 92 points: Aromas of earth, game, spice and cherry. Balanced, with lovely red fruit, cherry and earth flavors. Long finish. 92+ pts. (912 views)
 Tasted by Al Ehrhardt on 2/8/2013: I have tried to lay off these, but they are starting to come together very nicely. Only a third of my case left, wish I bought more. Great buy at $16. (767 views)
 Tasted by oldgrowth45 on 3/26/2011: Drank over two nights. Very earthy nose with fresh-cracked black pepper, cherry cough drops and a little rose petals in the back. Initial palate is very stemmy, not much fruit. Tangy mid palate, dusty tannins. Prominent acidity adds to the lean feeling on the mid palate. On the first night the finish was very empty. On the second night it fleshed out a little and got a little sumpin' sumpin' going. All of this makes me want to toss the rest of my bottles in a far corner of the cellar and forget about them for awhile. Not bad, not amazing. (1365 views)
 Tasted by B Paul on 2/8/2011: Drinking nicely with notes similar to previous bottles. Wish I'd bought a few more at the $16 price tag. (1464 views)
 Tasted by B Paul on 9/7/2010 & rated 89 points: Giving just a little less than previous bottles. (1349 views)
 Tasted by B Paul on 7/2/2010 & rated 90 points: Followed over 4 hours. Cinnamon, spice and earth with a good finish. (1201 views)
 Tasted by B Paul on 6/2/2010 & rated 90 points: Red fruit, earth, spice and vanilla on the nose. Palate echoes the nose with deeply pitched red fruit dominating. Very nice. At the case price of $15/bottle I, personally, can't think of a better QPR. (1307 views)
 Tasted by oldgrowth45 on 5/10/2010: No formal score because I consumed it at a party, unable to give it much attention. The strongest impression was it semed very brittle and metallic. Didn't exhibt the lush fruit I've been noticing in other '08 Oregon P.N.'s at this point. Also interesting was it lacked the tell-tale Cameron "funk". However, in all fairness, I was consuming this bottle out of a coffee cup standing around a smoking bbq. (1241 views)

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Producer website Cameron Winery, Dundee, OR, also produces a line of wines with the Cameroni designation.

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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Willamette Valley

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Willamette Valley

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