Battle Creek Cellars 2012 Unconditional Pinot Noir, Oregon, $18

By on February 4, 2015

battle-creek-cellars-unconditional-pinot-noir-2012-bottleThis Dundee, Ore., brand of Precept Wine is well into its second decade, and the Seattle-based company took advantage of an abundant vintage to ramp up production seven-fold from its 2011 bottling. Its namesake vineyard, a 110-acre site south of the state capitol in Marion County, leads to an expressive and darkly colored Pinot Noir with aromas of dried cranberry, red currant and raspberry with hints of orange peel and elderberry. Despite its appearance, the drink carries some finesse with its light-to-medium structure of strawberry jam and red currant flavors, backed by sandy tannins, pomegranate acidity and savory porcini mushroom in the finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 3,500 cases

Alcohol: 12.8%

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  1. Justin nickels says:

    The unconditional is an excellent Pinot! It stands on it own regardless of its affordable price! Unfortunately I’m unable yet to find it in Portland stores that I’ve checked! Any help in this would be great! Thank you

  2. Wine Steward says:

    QFC’s Mount Tabor store has lots!

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