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Domaine Serene Pinot Noir ‘Yamhill Cuvée’ 2010

WILLAMETTE VALLEY | OREGON | $45

Cherry and strawberry fruit with cedar wood, juniper berry, rhubarb and stone minerals. Light bodied, focused and silky smooth with complex flavors and a lingering tart finish that lures one back for more. An exceedingly pleasant experience, alluring all around, from nose to quaff to finish. Lean and race-ready. Lace up the shoes, relax and maintain a steady cadence; this is no dash — indeed, it’s a marathon of enjoyment. A very good wine. (Reviewed 1/10/15)

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Chehalem Pinot Noir Stoller Vineyards 2010

DUNDEE HILLS | OREGON | $50

Red cherry, raspberry and dark plum fruit with flavors of damp earth, rhubarb, anise and orange peel. Light-medium bodied with nicely focused fruit accompanied by complex savory notes; sinewy with a luxe suede texture, firm tannins and a long finish. No heavyweight quaff this; we’re in a the leaner weight division — taught muscles, superb timing and a great reach — a wine not unlike Sugar Ray Leonard (a “Dundee product,” also — his trainer was trainer Angelo Dundee). A very good, near excellent wine. (Reviewed 1/2/15)

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Cristom Pinot Noir ‘Mt. Jefferson Cuvée’ 2011

WILLAMETTE VALLEY | OREGON | $27
Subdued cherry and red currant fruit with subtle notes of redwood, camphor and orange peel with a wisp of petroleum. Medium bodied, lightly flavored, evenly balanced with a perk of acidity and drying green tannins on the finish. A stoic wine, brooding, perhaps contemplative. We have here Walter White before Heisenberg. A good wine. (Reviewed 9/13/14)

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Ponzi Pinot Noir ‘Tavola’ 2009

WILLAMETTE VALLEY | OREGON | $25
Raspberry and red cherry up front followed by earthy notes of sage, spice and cedar with an organic-soil undercurrent holding things together. Pleasantly simple, light to medium bodied, focused. There’s amusement here, flirting with interest — repartee with allure that will lift an eyebrow. A good wine. (Reviewed 9/2/12)

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Argyle Pinot Noir 2010

WILLAMETTE VALLEY | OREGON | $25

Wild red berries, sage and barnyard on the nose, yielding to flavors of fresh raspberry with strawberry and a hint of rhubarb, epazote and stone minerals, finishing with a suggestion of sour cherry. Light bodied, focused and accessible. There’s a wonderfully easy understanding here that belies its complexity — details held back thoughtfully to convey only the essential essence of the whole. The line drawings of Picasso come to mind. A good wine. (Reviewed 9/2/12)

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Torii Mor Pinot Noir 2008

WILLAMETTE VALLEY | OREGON | $22

Medium-bodied raspberry fruit with rhubarb, cardamom and forest floor. A pleasant floral note lingers, and there’s and an interesting hint of grapefruit on the finish. Light mouth feel, smooth textured and well balanced with present tannins that bring structure. Here’s an entertainer with talent and depth — think Tori Amos, not Tori Spelling. A good value and a good to very good wine. (Reviewed 8/17/12)

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Et Fille Pinot Noir 2009

WILLAMETTE VALLEY | OREGON | $24

Mature strawberry and rhubarb with notes of tart cherry and raspberry. Flavors of bay, cedar and dusty earth provide interest. Focused with a balanced natural fruit acidity. Light to medium bodied with a light silky mouth feel. Finishes with lingering fresh raspberry. A sunny early-spring day, pretty girls in Easter dresses and a very good wine. (Reviewed 4/7/12)

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Rex Hill Pinot Noir 2009

WILLAMETTE VALLEY | OREGON | $29

A wonderfully earthy cellar nose paves the way for bright rhubarb and cherry with a hint of green apple. Tobacco, clove and bay provide the low notes while faint hibiscus rides on top. Medium bodied and well integrated with a velvety suede-like texture. A little young and tightly wound. Adorable as it is, give this pugnacious child a timeout and you’ll be rewarded with an enjoyable youngster. No need for boarding school, quite; simply an hour in the decanter or six months in the bottle will settle this one — still loquacious and slightly acidic, yet well behaved. An excellent wine. (Reviewed 8/24/11)

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