11 Northwest Pinot Noirs to taste today

By on September 29, 2013

Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

CooperMountainPNWVOne of the Pacific Northwest’s most environmentally conscientious wineries, Gilles de Domingo works with fruit from certified biodynamic vineyards. He’s referred to this densely colored wine as “the face of a woman without any makeup,” and the oak program speaks to that. The mere 15 percent new oak barely powders her nose, which hints at a Beaujolais with its Hawaiian Punch tones of black cherry, raspberry and bubble gum. Its flavors begin as brooding with big strawberry and black cherry, and the cherry-skin tannins give this some grip.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,800 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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