92A tinge of earthiness in the aroma gives us a clue that this is not a purely New World pinot noir, though it comes from Oregon. The classic earthy Burgundy element persists on the palate too. Red and black fruit intermingle, and oak-aging provides structure without hindering the flavors.  Moderate acidity and finish, too, in this fairly light-bodied wine. The wine goes well with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors — chick peas, babaganoush, falafel — and would do well with the light smokiness of a vegetarian barbecue (no heavy sauces). Recommended 90-92. BSE.

WHO: Stoller Family Estates
WHAT: 100% Pinot Noir
WHERE:  Dundee Hills, Oregon
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $45 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein
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Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work appears in many national publications including Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television.