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Dobbes Family Estate 2012 Patricia’s Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55
“Hollywood Joe” Dobbes pays tribute here to one of the most charming lawyers living in Oregon — his wife, Patricia, who has been part of the Dundee winery for more than a decade. This is a deliciously juicy example from a stellar vintage off primarily Quailhurst (Chehalem Mountains) and Vista Hills (Dundee Hills) vineyards, leading with aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, dark plum, baking spices and a sense of moist earth. That theme continues to the palate, which offers a mouth feel of Marionberry, black currant and vanilla extract. It strikes a balance with graceful deployment of French oak, food-friendly acidity and lithe tannins, making for an age-worthy wine or a fine foil alongside Duck Confit or smoked pork loin.
Production: 427 cases