Oregon Pinot Noir shines when it struggles

By on May 31, 2015

Dobbes Family Estate 2012 Patricia’s Cuvée Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $55

dobbes-family-estate-patricia-cuvee-nv-bottle“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.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 427 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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