Seattle-based Precept Wine continues to help put quality Oregon Pinot Noir on dining tables at affordable prices, and this young brand is another tasty example. It is vinified in Dundee, and the fruit came from their estate Battle Creek and Waldo Hills sites, as well as Kraemer and Red Hills vineyards. The presentation comes with a food-friendly, Old World style as it focuses on racy red fruit, low alcohol and restrained oak. Aromas of saddle leather, black truffle and earthiness lead to red currant, President plum and subtle notes of baking spices. Velvety tannins are presented on the entry, which leads to juicy flavors of red plum, Montmorency cherry and white strawberry. Its underlying dustiness adds to the pleasing finish. Look for it at Fred Meyer and QFC grocers in Washington and Oregon.
Production: 2,500 cases