2006 Cristom “Mt. Jefferson Cuvée” Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

To celebrate Hall’o’ween and the site being named one of Google’s top 100 wine blogs, I thought I’d do what?.. Yep, you guessed it – try another wine. 🙂

I picked this up on our recent trip down to Portland at the stupendous Vinopolis Wine Shop around the corner from Portland’s Ace Hotel. It was Oregon, so of course it’s a Pinot Noir.

It’s had some time in the decanter and is starting to open up. The nose is a mix of sour cherry, berry and spice. The flavours are a juicy blend of all that cherry and spicy berry fruit the nose was hinting at, along with an interesting earthy/vegetal edge to the long finish.

The wine comes across as a bit boozier than its 13.5% rating suggests, but I don’t have a problem with that. Overall, the balance is there to round it out and nothing really seems to be where it shouldn’t. It’s a tasty wine; and a very good one at that.

Did I absolutely love it? Kinda’. Would I buy it again. Yep. ‘Nuff said.

$27 at Portland’s Vinopolis Wine Shop.

4 1/2 stars