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Pinot Noir

Reviewing some of Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 Best Buys for 2017

The list is out in the latest edition of Wine Enthusiast magazine’s top 100 Best Buys for 2017.  Many of these wines are available locally, and many are on your neighborhood grocer’s shelves.  I chose to look at the grocer’s liquor department for some of these wines.  I found six, and picked up one of … Continue reading »

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Archery Summit Looney Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir

We have been sitting on this gem since our 2013 visit to the Willamette Valley and last night was the right night for its opening.  Grilled tuna steaks and a red pepper, white onion, and yellow squash medley (also grilled) begged for the pinot noir.  This occasion also demanded usage of our Riedel Vinum XL … Continue reading »

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2009 Benton-Lane First Class Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley – First Class

First posted March 11, 2016: First post in a while!  It’s been a long while since I’ve been really moved by a wine, but there have been a nice big lot of them lately.  The 2009 Benton Lane Pinot Noir was in a case of wine I bought during a silent auction at the International … Continue reading »

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Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Pinot Noir, 2012

A few years ago Belle Glos entered my radar with a bullet.  The two vineyards I’ve tried (Dairyman and Clark/Telephone) are both outstanding examples of moderately-priced Pinots.  This is NOT a lightweight.  If you’re into Burgundian styles, this isn’t what you’re after.  If Pinot wanted to adorn the strength of a Cab or display the … Continue reading »

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2013 Trip to Willamette Valley, Parts 2 and 3

June 2 The third day of tasting led us to these fine places and wines:   White Rose 2010 Chehalem Mountains pinot noir                                     $50 (2) vineyard blend; medium dark garnet, clear Medium nose, blueberries Whole-mouth feel with medium body, fairly long finish Acidic and somewhat grippy, 3 – 5 years out 2011 Guillen Vineyard pinot … Continue reading »

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Dutton Estate Thomas Road Pinot Noir 2009

Posted on December 7, 2012 by tcbrown For a few years, Dutton Estate has been at the top of my list for Pinot Noir producers.  The first time I sampled their wines was at their tasting room.  After that, I was hooked and yes, I get wine from their wine club.  The 2009 Thomas Road … Continue reading »

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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2009

Posted on January 10, 2013 by tcbrown Looking for a lower-priced Pinot to be used for boeuf bourguignon, I stumbled upon the Au Bon Climat entry level Santa Barbara Co. 2009.  At $23, this wouldn’t break the bank as an ingredient for a delicious meal, nor would it be too much money to blow on … Continue reading »

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