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Brandborg Winery and Vineyard 2009 Bench Lands Pinot Noir, Umpqua Valley, $22
One of Oregon’s top everyday Pinot Noirs, Terry Brandborg sources several sites from within 25 miles of his bustling winery in Elkton for his widely distributed and largest production wine that has helped establish Oregon’s newest American Viticultural Area as a producer of serious Pinot Noir. His use of French oak, 25 percent new barrel, shows in the light toasty nose that’s rich with black cherry, dark raspberry and lime peel. Black cherry and cinnamon bark dominate the jaunty flavors, backed by a drop of maple syrup and finished with cherry skin tannin.
Production: 4,004 cases