Labeled Willamette but located in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, this single-vineyard Pinot Noir from Lemelson captures a tight, spicy, herbal facet of the grape. It's almost salty, with a strong pine resin flavor running down its spine, but in a very attractive way. This is distinctive, perhaps not for everyone, but extremely well made and terroir-driven. As the wine breathes open, beautiful berry flavors rise to the front of the palate.
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.