There is a lot of hype flying around about the 2008 Oregon Pinot Noirs. This is one that justifies it. Lovely nose of rose petals, star anise, and ripe berry with some slight cedar undertones. Opens up with rich, focused flavors of raspberries and earth that hang around for a very long time with a long, impressive finish. Even shows well the morning after (and makes for a helluva eye opener). Try with roast duck, but hold off the fruity sauces with it that would clash. Keep it simple. Highly recommended.

WHO: White Rose
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Dundee Hills, Oregon
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $75 (Media sample)

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Gary Thomas
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Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.