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Trotting Towards Tannins

You have probably arrived at a winery in a car or in a limo, but have you ever trotted up on horseback? The next time you find yourselves in the rolling Red Hills of Dundee, Oregon for wine sampling, grab a set of Tennessee Walking reins and fall in line for an equestrian oenophile adventure.
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2007 Argyle Cowhouse Pinot Noir

This wine club only selection was aged in 38% new oak for 12 to 16 months. It showed sweet rich red fruit, cherries and strawberries, just a touch of sage, and sweet caramelized pecans. On the finish, when all other flavors had faded, violets typical of Dundee Hills lingered on. Recommended.
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2008 White Rose Vineyard Pinot Noir

here 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.