La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30
Jackson Family Wines’ first release from its project in Oregon, headed up by Canadian native Elizabeth Grant-Douglas, used fruit from eight clones off 10 vineyards — remember they’ve acquired Maple Grove, Zena East and Zena Middle. Her work at Joe Dobbes’ facility in Dundee led to aromas of black cherry, blueberry, pomegranate, chai spices and dusty herbs. The structure offers a richer style of Pinot Noir with ripe black cherry and cassis, followed by an elegantly balanced midpalate of delicious huckleberry and Western serviceberry. This label produces about 1 million cases annually, and they are distributed in the Northwest by Odom, so the wines should be readily available in both Washington and Oregon. Among the recipes suggested is Halibut with Buckwheat Noodles.
Production: 12,244 cases