Don Crank, protege of the late Forrest Klaffke, features Pommard clone grapes from Alloro Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains in this segment of the Turner, Ore., winery’s new AVA Series. One of the most acclaimed vintages in the history of Oregon Pinot Noir — taken Oct. 12 — makes for a rich and fascinating wine which opens with fresh cherry, Craisins, Jolly Rancher cherry candy and toasted marshmallow. There’s a beautiful presentation of fruit on the palate with ripe strawberry, ripe red raspberry, Rainier cherry and a fresh slice of watermelon. Its structure is one of finesse and balance as everything is lifted by brilliant acidity. Call the winery to learn when it will be released.
Production: 154 cases