OK, get this: a solid Pinot Noir from an emerging wine region with pretty and clean strawberry fruit… for $12. There is nothing to criticize here—it was even aged for nine months in all-new French oak barrels. The berry flavors have a creamy wrap, a suggestion of vanilla, a lick of cinnamon. All good.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.