Sunday, November 14, 2010

Inexpensive Pinot Noir

Rare to find an inexpensive pinot noir that is drinkable, but yesterday there was an exception.

The wine was a 2007 Ortman Family Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.  Ortman is a California winery which used Oregon grapes in this particular bottle.  Medium color in the glass there was a wonderful aroma of fresh red cherries and raspberries.  The taste was much the same with good but not dense or dark fruit, suitable acid, a little forest floor funk, moderate tannin.  A well made wine that doesn't try to more than it really is.  At it's list price of $22 it would be a pass, but at its sale price of $12 it was a good bottle of wine.  13.8% alcohol.

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