All the best: a dozen great wines

By on October 19, 2014

Erath Winery 2011 Prince Hill Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $50

erath-winery-prince-hill-pinot-noir-nv-labelFounding winemaker Dick Erath planted this eye-catching 27-acre vineyard in 1983, and it’s not slowing down — even in a less-than-stellar vintage. This creation — one of four bottlings from this site — is primarily of Pommard clone and brings an attractive color along with whiffs of strawberry, raspberry and cherry, almond extract, a pinch of mint and rub of lavender. The entry is charming with ripe Rainier cherry and raspberry flavors, followed by white strawberry and minerality. Silky tannins lead to a delicate and delicious pop of cranberry sauce with a scrap of orange zest in the beautiful finish. Suggested pairings include salmon, rosemary glazed duck, foie gras, pork or Boeuf Bourguignon.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 988 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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