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.
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.
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.
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.