Best Northwest wines of 2015: 100-91

By on December 26, 2015

91. Brandborg Vineyard & Winery 2012 Bradley Vineyard Pinot Noir, Elkton Oregon, $30

12-Bradley-front-2-278x300Terry and Sue Brandborg didn’t pioneer winemaking in Elkton, Ore., area, but they have figured out exactly what this cool area of the Umpqua Valley can provide in the way of an ideal climate for Pinot Noir. This beautiful wine from Bradley Vineyard — founded by the late John Bradley — exemplifies what is possible here. On the nose, this wine shows off rich aromas of Rainier cherry, violet, clove and a sprinkling of cocoa powder. This leads to flavors of supple flavors of red plum, red currant, pomegranate and white pepper. This is a wonderfully suave effort.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 95

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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.

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