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2008 Stoller Vineyards JV Estate Pinot Noir

The screwcap signals “drink now.” Typical Pinot Noir aromas of charred oak, tar, and cotton candy greet the nose, with a touch of earth too. It’s pretty fruity, with a burnt sugar undertone and a medium-light body. But though it’s fruity, the wine is never too sweet. Finish is a tad hot. Drink with light meats, medium fish, tomatoes, too. Recommended.
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2007 Stoller Vineyards SV Estate Pinot Noir

“SV” on the label signifies the estate-grown Stoller Vineyards grapes, and also the “senior vines” the grapes are grown on. The wine is warm and earthy with a hint of rose in the aroma. Fruit arrives first on the palate, then the underlying char from the barrels. There's a bit of spicy tannin on the finish. With good elements, the wine is still a bit delicate. All in all, this wine has a “narrow spectrum” of flavors, as Bill Stoller put it during a tasting in my kitchen yesterday. We both expect the wine can develop further over the next five years. Okay now, recommended with aging.
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2007 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Laurène Cuvée Pinot Noir

Clear, bright, medium-pale ruby red. Clean nose with aromas of earth, minerality, pungent purple flowers, red fruits, and blueberries. Dry on the palate with medium acidity, tannin, and body. Flavors of blue and red fruits, rhubarb, and cranberry. Very gentle oak leads to a medium-long finish. Recommended.
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2009 Winderlea Legacy Estate Pinot Noir

Clear, medium-light intensity, ruby. Clean aromas of earth, moss, leaves, dirt, anise, baking spice, fennel, savory herbs, dark fruit, cherry, blackberry. Dry, medium-full body, medium tannin, medium-low acidity, fleshy, round, medium-long finish, round, lush dark fruit, smoke, brown sugar. Recommended, but hold for another year.
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2006 Argyle Knudsen Vineyard Brut

The nose was a little shy, showing some yeasty aromas. The palate was far more interesting, offering up red fruits, cherry and raspberry, with brioche on the finish. Drink with smoked duck and brie. Recommended.
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2006 Argyle Blanc de Blancs

This sparkler opening with loads of apples of every kind. On the palate apples were also prevalent, along with buttered brioche, turning to caramel as it moved to the finish. It has 1.2% residual sugar and a fine backbone of acids. Drink it with spicy crab cakes. Recommended.