Oregon Pinot Noir shines when it struggles

By on May 31, 2015

Firesteed Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $17

firesteed-cellars-pinot-noir-nv-bottleDavis-trained Bryan Croft turned his 15th vintage in Oregon into one of the state’s more approachable expression of Pinot Noir in terms of price and structure. Aromatic that leap out of the glass are reminiscent of black raspberry, fresh-picked blueberry and lavender include black truffle earthiness and a trail of smoke. No oak gets in between the tasty flavors of blueberry and cranberry sauce, which are finished with bright acidity and cocoa powder. Thanks to the frequent-flying efforts of president Howard Rossbach, these wines are available in 50 states. This earned a silver medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 35,560 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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.

One Comment

  1. Pete buffington

    May 31, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Had to think out the math problem… We can’t thank you enough.

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