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2009 White Rose Pinot Noir, Luciole Vineyard

Another lovely offering from the folks at White Rose in Oregon. They offer a wide range of wines from different vineyards. This one opens with a classic pinot nose of smoked cherries and plums. Tannins are soft and fruit is silken as it lingers on the palate after you first give it a little time to come around. Finishes a tad awkwardly, but the wine is still not quite wholly knitted together yet. A couple years' patience will be rewarded. Drink with grilled lamb loin chops. Highly recommended. GT
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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.