11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Luminous Hills 2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $35

Luminous Hills is a high-end label for Seven of Hearts Winery in Carlton, Oregon.Luminous Hills is a high-end label for Seven of Hearts Winery in Oregon and is named for owner/winemaker Byron Dooley’s 15-acre vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the northern Willamette Valley. This blend of four Pinot Noir clones opens with aromas of cherry, lime juice, strawberry and lavender, followed by flavors of pie cherry, cranberry and pomegranate. It is backed with minerally tannins and bright acidity, which gives it good length and should help it reach its peak in the next decade.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 322 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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