Fullerton Wines 2014 Five FACES Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $33

By on November 25, 2016

fullerton-wines-five-faces-2014-bottleThe Fullerton family bottles vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs featuring Croft near the Van Duzer Corridor and Momtazi in McMinnville, but here those two vineyards join forces with Keleri Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains for a drink of dark blue fruit. Its proprietary name is simple enough — the acronym for members Filip, Alex the winemaker, Caroline and co-owners Eric and Susanne. Blueberry, Bing cherry, tar and toasty aromas lead to plump flavors of dark cherry and more blueberry. There’s less of the new French oak (28%) influence on the palate, allowing for a juicy elderberry finish. Wines from this Beaverton, Ore., winery are available in Washington, Idaho and Montana as well as Minnesota, Michigan, Texas and Tennessee. Enjoy with cedar-planked salmon or a wild mushroom bruschetta. The 2013 version earned a gold at the Savor Northwest judging on Cannon Beach, and this seems to be its equal.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 650 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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