Nice nose of raspberry and light earth. Feels lightweight on the palate, however. The fruit is there and pleasant enough, with notes of allspice and light currants, and the finish is nice, it’s kind of all dressed up with nowhere exciting to go. Try with lamb kebabs. A nice enough wine, but for the price, this wine is not recommended.

WHO: Domaine Serene
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Willamette Valley, Oregon
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $60 (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.