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Portlandia Vintners 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $30
Judy Thoet spent time working for acclaimed Pinot Noir producer Laurent Montalieu prior to taking the reins for Portland Vintners, and she polished up this bottling from Larkin Vineyard near Amity into an ebullient release. Aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry and blueberry pick up a pinch of garden herbs, leading to a bright entry of high-toned red fruit. The finish of boysenberry acidity, sandy tannins and anise a reminiscent of Pinot Noir from the Dundee Hills and make it ideal for barbecued pork or earthy dishes. High yields during a classic vintage — and the brand’s early success — allowed production to more than double. Owned and operated by Seattle-based Rainier Wine, Portlandia can be shipped to more than 30 states.
Production: 2,500 cases