This modestly priced effort is a blend of four Willamette Valley vineyards. Winemaker Laurent Montalieu applies his sophisticated skills to craft a very classy, barrel-fermented, aromatic Pinot Noir. Just the right mix of berries and tart red fruits, with floral nuances and a hint of earthy herb. This delicious, complex wine shows why less expensive vineyard blends often outshine the pricey, single-vineyard Oregon Pinots.
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.