White Rose has consistently produced very good and, more often than not, excellent pinot noirs. The Dundee Hills AVA is a fine example. A nose of raspberry and juniper berries leads the lucky drinker into a velvety, balanced wine of lovely fruit with more light spice tones of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps even some hints of cranberry. Finish is slightly short, IMHO, but that may be the bias of my experience tasting White Rose wines. I have had many of their wines I think are even better. (In the interests of full disclosure, this is the one wine club to which I belong.) Retail distribution is spotty, and their wines are best obtained through the website or by joining their wine club. Highly Recommended. GT

WHO: White Rose Vineyards
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Dundee Hills, Oregon
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $45

About The Author

Gary Thomas
Wine Review Editor

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.