2012 Montiore Estate Pinor Noir Graham’s Block 7

Warm black cherry scents backed by savory spices and wildflowers. Soft and juicy up front with cherries and fine minerals carrying through to the powerful yet elegant, dry finish. Very tasty Oregon Pinot Noir. Graham’s Block 7 is single vineyard Pinot, all Dijon clones. This wine is limited as it’s mainly made for Montinore’s wine club. $45

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2014 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Super fragrant with bright raspberry, cherry, cranberry and roses for days.  Luscious red fruits are joined by fine minerals on the fleshy palate. Ripe acidity emerges, carrying the raspberry, cherry and mineral flavors on the zesty finish. Tasty Pinot.

Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”.

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2014 Wonderwall Pinot Noir Edna Valley

Briary rhubarb and cherry scents with hints of strawberry and cocoa on the earthy nose.  Scents transition to the palate seamlessly with fresh, vibrant acidity and perfect balance. Really pretty Pinot Noir. This has a distinction you rarely see from California. Mouthwatering on the dry finish with cherry and strawberry flavors carrying on relentlessly. Delicious. $22.99

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2013 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir “Red Cap”

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Bright raspberry, cherry, rose petals, hints of cherry skin and savory earth and mineral scents on the inviting nose. The purity and balance in this wine are incredible. Brisk up front, fleshing out with raspberry, cranberry and cherry flavors. Finishes dry with lingering mouthwatering red fruits and minerals. I tasted a freshly opened bottle. I imagine this wine would develop more flavor complexity if decanted.

Montinore Estate is a Demeter Certified Biodynamic® and Stellar Certified Organic estate that lies at the northern end of the Willamette Valley. The first time I tasted their Pinot Gris blind I thought it was French. Their wines are pure, clean and beautiful with a sense of place the French refer to as “terroir”. All this and affordable too; the Borealis white is $16.99, the Pinot Noir is $21.99.