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Willamette Valley Vineyards Founders' Reserve Pinot Noir 2008

A classic Oregon Pinot Noir with a rich and complex structure featuring bright cherry flavors complemented by deeper, smoky notes and a lovely, lingering finish. Rich and complex aromas of wintergreen, black cherry, leather, campfire smoke and candied orange peel. Flavors mirror the aromas with complex layers of cherry, smoke, spicy oak, chocolate and pumpkin pie spice. The juicy mouthfeel has lively acidity and fine-grained tannins that lead into a lingering cherry finish.
 
Delicious with lighter meats and fruit flavors, such as pork chops with a cherry glaze, duck l'orange or duck confit with cherry compote.

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Erath Pinot Noir 2009

2009 offered a generous crop of beautiful Pinot Noir and this wine offers a commensurately impressive sensory payload. This lustrous beauty showcases aromas of raspberry pie with pleasing hints of mint, citrus and a provocative suggestion of smoke. Fresh and bright flavors on the palate are balanced with a blend of juicy cherry and racy pomegranate. An easy sipper yet enough acidity to pair beautifully with your favorite dish.

"Light and fragrant, this is zippy with raspberry and cherry fruit, finishing on a floral note. Drink now through 2014. 135,000 cases made."

88 Points Wine Spectator

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Hinman Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009

This medium bodied and aromatic Oregon Pinot Noir opens with aromas of raspberry, cherry liqueur and leather with a touch of clove. Pomegranate, cherry and plum flavors dominate the palate. This wine should age well for the next 7 years.

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Jovino Pinot Gris 2010

Pinot gris has been known from the Middle Ages in the Burgundy region, where it was probably called Fromenteau. It spread from Burgundy, along with Pinot noir, arriving in Switzerland by 1300. The grape was reportedly a favorite of the Emperor Charles IV, who had cuttings imported to Hungary by Cistercian monks

Excellent example of what Oregon’s finest cool climate white varietal and hand crafted wines can deliver. The nose waifs out of the glass with herbaciousness and fresh cut green grass. The body is medium plus with a slight perception of effervescence making it clean and refreshing.

2006 Foris Cabernet Label
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Foris Cabernet 2005

Foris sources their cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot from the Bear Creek Valley, which lies to the east of their estate and vineyards. The appellation is called Rogue Valley. The smell is of wood bark and dark chocolate, neither of which are too strong. There's also some kind of savory note, like smelling an empty bag of beef jerky. Brief hints of berry fruits, nothing at all like so many California cabernets. The Foris is very nicely balanced, its like each scent fits together with the rest, a jigsaw puzzle in your nose. The mouthfeel is wonderful, silky smooth but also firm and spicy.