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Aubichon Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley $35
Chehalem Mountains vineyard owner Tom Mortimer reached out to Jim Sanders back in 2007 to served as the winemaker for Aubichon Cellars, and the synergy continues a decade later. Their latest Willamette Valley cuveé pulls from Menefee at the western edge of the Yamhill-Carlton appellation, Olenik in the Chehalem Mountains and Riverside Vineyard, and it comes across as a bigger style. Aromas of dusty black cherry, pomegranate and toast include a hint of dried mushroom and sweet herbs. Those purple fruit notes make their way to the palate with plum skin tannins, baking spices and a finishing flourish of cranberry. These wines are available at the Le Cadeau Vineyard tasting room in downtown Dundee near Babica Hen Café.
Production: 340 cases