One of the Oregon wine industry’s founding families — Bond No. 66 — doesn’t disappoint with its flagship Pinot Noir that’s a quintessential example of the Dundee Hills with its vibrant red fruit tones and hint of earthiness. This collection of clones for this bottling, first planted in 1998 by the Certified B Corp., producer, include Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 115, 667 and 777, and the wine spent 16 months in French oak, with 25% of the barrels being new. Aromas of cinnamon, boysenberry, dried Bing cherry, sage and leather are matched on the palate as enjoyably lively acidity and lingering fine-grained tannins combine to give this a sense of finesse. It’s a delicious example of the 2018 vintage, which cooled off in September. Suggested pairings include wild mushroom risotto or grilled lamb with an herbed hazelnut crust.
Production: 4,798 cases