Sporting the brand-new Columbia Gorge AVA designation, this terroir-driven Pinot, from the Oregon side of the Columbia River, is a world apart from the Willamette Valley Pinots commonly associated with the state. Here the purity of sweet Bing cherry fruit is buttressed with clear mineral notes, and wrapped in very pleasing, caramel and cocoa barrel flavors. It shows a tart, tangy spine that keeps it balanced and extends the fruit flavors well into the long, crisp finish.
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.