Here's a well-made Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a value price. The use of oak staves has contributed a hint of toast without overdoing it. Hints of black olive add complexity to its tart raspberry and black cherry fruit, elevating it above many of its peers.
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.