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Kramer Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton, $24
The Kramer family’s vineyards are entering their fourth decade of life, and the fruit has been elevated to new heights in the talented hands of young Kim Kramer. She leaves the focus on the grape, starting with a gentle regimen of French oak (25% new) for 10 months. A product of a stellar vintage, the nose is full of raspberry compote, President plum and cherry with hints of blueberry and lilac. Inside is a rich entry that stays true to those red-toned fruit with flavors of raspberry, cranberry and pomegranate, which brings bright acidity along with modest tannins that merely provide some traction.
Production: 300 cases