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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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