11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Seven of Hearts 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir is a blend of five sub-appellations of the northern Willamette Valley.This superb Pinot Noir from winemaker Byron Dooley blends Pinot Noir grapes from five of the six appellations in the northern Willamette Valley. The result is a complex, layered wine that express the elegance one hopes for in the noble red variety. This opens with exotic aromas of caramel corn, fresh cranberry, strawberry, violet and red plum, followed by rich flavors of ripe Bing cherry, rhubarb-strawberry jam and the slightest whisper of oak spice. Silky tannins meld perfectly with the fruit, and bright acidity lifts the flavors through a lengthy finish.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 525 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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