2014 Sineann Pinot Noir Oregon

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

From a 375 ml.  This is really a nice value in Oregon Pinot Noir.  Sineann makes a variety of single vineyard bottlings but this is the blend for thos which didn't get bottled.  It is always quite good and the added complexity sometimes makes this as good as the individual bottlings.  13.8% this is not huge nor is it "Burgundian".  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has lovely sour cherries and spice.  On the palate, nice texture.  Cherries finishing as sour cherries.  Some depth.  A nice complexity.  Love the 375 format when a bottle is more than I want to open.  

1999 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Very good showing for this.  As to whether this is at peak or not, it depends how you like your wines.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  On the nose, this is earthy with cherries,  macerated cherries and a bit of funk.  Medium bodied.  Complex and layered on the palate.  Cherries, forest floor and earth.  Good balance.  Persistent with good energy.  Nice finish.  If you like a mature Pinot Noir, this was drinking great.  

2016 Sineann, Pinot Noir, Oregon, USA - Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

An excellent value in Oregon Pinot Noir.  Under $30, for a complex Pinot Noir that is only a step behind the single vineyard designated wines.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose is nice with dark cherries, slight sour cherries, spice and slight char.  On the palate, dark and sour cherries predominate now.  These wines tend to be fruit forward for Oregon, but they cellar better than one might think.  With age, they get an earthy funk that is nice.  Good finish and food friendly.  

2008 de Lancellotti Pinot Noir Estate, USA, Oregon, Willamette - Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This strikes a nice middle ground in the area of Pinot Noir.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries and cherries with some baking spices.  On the palate, this is lush and juicy with nice black cherry fruit.  A slight bit of sour cherries.  Good finish.   Apparently, this was made by Bergstrom who has since taken over the vineyard.  

2016 Sineann Red Table Wine, USA, Oregon - Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is one of the great value in wine.  It is a hodgepodge of all the remnants from all the wines Peter Rosback makes combined into one cuvee.  It costs $15 and is always in the 88 to 92 point range.  Sealed with a screw cap, the exact proportions differ from vintage to vintage.  This one has Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.  It is purple in color.  The nose has a nice complexity of cherries, red berries, some cassis, dust and spice.  On the palate, there is a bit of depth and plenty of varietal complexity.  Nice balance.  It goes down easy.  What's not

2000 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard, USA, Oregon - Wine Review

Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Great showing for this Oregon Pinot Noir at 17 years from vintage.  Light ruby in color.  The nose is really pretty with cherries, a slight herbal note and a bit of earthiness.  On the palate, there is a nice vibrancy.  Layers of fruit and earth form a nice complexity.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  This is a delicious wine that is probably at peak right now but, at least this bottle, certainly has a decade left, probably more.  

Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley: Foods to Pair With, and Meals that Call for, Willamette Valley Pinot

Great Pinot Noir—the Holy Grail of winemakers from France to Australia and the US, and one of the most notoriously difficult grapes to grow. The thin-skinned varietal is susceptible to rot, viruses and diseases and needs a perfectly cool climate and exacting vineyard management to thrive. After the grapes are harvested the winemaker has plenty of decisions to make, including whether or not to fine and filter the wine, how much tannin the final product should have and choosing a precise regimen of oak aging, since Pinot’s delicate flavors can easily be masked by the flavors of wood. It’s easy to make a disappointing, thin-tasting wine from this grape, but really fine Pinot is the stuff of the gods and the combination of ripe fruit and spice flavors, low tannin and high acid make Pinot Noir one of the most food friendly wines in the world.

Willamette Valley: Oregon's Pinot Noir Capital

For many wine lovers, Oregon's Willamette Valley is synonymous with pinot noir, and only pinot noir. The climate of the mountain-shielded valley is perfect for this famous grape from Burgundy. Pinot noir not only gave the Willamette Valley its start, it catapulted the region to stardom when a pinot noir from The Eyrie Vineyards took first place in Gault-Millau's 1979 Paris wine tasting. And, as they say, the rest was history – or is history, for the Willamette Valley is still evolving as a wine region.

Pinot Gris: Oregon’s Second Wine

The southern Willamette south of Eugene has a special place in my heart. My first visit was in 1992 when I house-sat for friends on the mid-Oregon coast in Florence. I took a day trip inland and just for fun decided to drop down south and check out the wineries. My expectations were not high. At that point, I was still a bit of a California snob.

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