Earlier this year, owner/winemaker Mark Vlossak mourned the passing of his father and inspiration John Innocent Vlossak, a longtime admirer of this 30-year-old vineyard near the Oregon state capital in the Coastal Range foothills. The nose carries classic hints of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley with Marionberry, Bing cherry and touches of earthiness, saddle leather and vanilla. And the rich, garnet-colored drink is driven by flavors of boysenberry and raspberry with fine-grained tannins, Montmorency cherry acidity and rich chocolate. Suggested pairings range from ratatouille, lasagne and a Porterhouse steak with bacon-fat fried potatoes to Duck Confit.
Production: 948 cases