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Willamette Valley Vineyards Quinta Reserva Pinot Noir Port-Style

A beautiful and light vision of port, the 2007 Quinta Reserva is made entirely of pinot noir grapes fortified with brandy from the winery's own fruit, making it unlike other more traditional ports. This wine shows concentrated flavors of black cherries, ripe black plums, and sweet strawberries with well-integrated silky dark chocolate and a sensually exotic spice that lingers on the delightfully long finish. The 9.3% residual sugar and 18% alcohol by volume are well balanced by good acidity, giving the wine good structure and drinkability. Try a glass with cocoa nibs, hard cheeses, or all on its own with just a few friends and maybe a good cigar; it's a truly luxurious dessert destined to make a memorable end to any evening. Read more about Willamette Valley Vineyards at Sip With Me.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2006 Piluso Vineyards Pinot Noir

This elegant yet complex, medium-bodied Pinot noir (from the lesser-known east side of the Willamette River) opens up immediately with ripe red cherries and raspberries. Keep swirling and discover layers of tobacco, rose petals and mint will come through. Slightly savory notes balance out the sweet, red fruit and the peppery finish adds an element of interest that persists long and pleasurably in the mouth. This is a classic Oregon Pinot Noir; pair this wine with cedar-plank salmon or try it with coffee-crusted pork tenderloin. Read more about Piluso Vineyards at Sip With Me.
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2006 Piluso Vineyards Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

This elegant yet complex, medium-bodied Pinot noir (from the lesser-known east side of the Willamette River) opens up immediately with ripe red cherries and raspberries. Keep swirling and discover layers of tobacco, rose petals and mint will come through. Slightly savory notes balance out the sweet, red fruit and the peppery finish adds an element of interest that persists long and pleasurably in the mouth. This is a classic Oregon Pinot Noir; pair this wine with cedar-plank salmon or try it with coffee-crusted pork tenderloin. Read more about Piluso Vineyards at Sip With Me.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Soléna Estates Pinot Gris

The Soléna 2009 Pinot Gris is interesting, and stands out for its complexity amongst the many fine Pinot Gris releases in Willamette Valley. Fruit is sourced from 3 different vineyards: Grapes of higher acidity from cooler climate are blended with riper fruit from warm climates, to provide the complexity and differentiation. Pale straw color; Nose of green apple, pear, hint of minerality, more floral as it opened up. Lush texture, with the green apple carrying through, and citrus. The wine has a wonderful mid palate density for a stainless, non malolactic white wine, with fruit and acidity that is present at front, mid, and finish. It drinks wonderfully on its own, and would pair well with lighter fare, and most seafood. The full review can be read on Simple Hedonisms.
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2009 Soléna Estates Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley, OR

The Soléna 2009 Pinot Gris is interesting, and stands out for its complexity amongst the many fine Pinot Gris releases in Willamette Valley. Fruit is sourced from 3 different vineyards: Grapes of higher acidity from cooler climate are blended with riper fruit from warm climates, to provide the complexity and differentiation. Pale straw color; Nose of green apple, pear, hint of minerality, more floral as it opened up. Lush texture, with the green apple carrying through, and citrus. The wine has a wonderful mid palate density for a stainless, non malolactic white wine, with fruit and acidity that is present at front, mid, and finish. It drinks wonderfully on its own, and would pair well with lighter fare, and most seafood. The full review can be read on Simple Hedonisms.
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2008 Anne Amie Pinot Blanc – Willamette Valley

The color is a pale yellow straw, clear and brilliant. Aromas of Asian pear, nectarine, and light citrus on the nose. In the mouth, a pleasant mix of pear, pineapple, and citrus, none of which are overwhelming, but well balanced. Lees aging gives the wine a wonderful mouthfeel and a slight creamy texture that combines well with the natural acidity for a pleasant, lingering finish. This combination will pair well with many foods, although it’s very enjoyable on its own as well. A well made, versatile wine, at a reasonable price. Only 400 cases made. Highly recommended. Read the full review on Simple Hedonisms.