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.