This terroir-driven Pinot, from the Oregon side of the Columbia River, shows a dramatically different profile than the Willamette Valley Pinots commonly associated with the state. Kudos to winemaker Peter Rosback for finding great Pinot all over Oregon. This unique vineyard shows classic varietal fruit laced with mineral, kissed with toast, and finished with delicious mocha flavors from new oak barrels. The tart, tangy spine keeps it balanced and extends the fruit flavors well into a 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.