Cooper Mountain Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $28

By on June 27, 2013

CooperMountainPNWVOne of the Pacific Northwest’s most environmentally conscientious wineries, Gilles de Domingo works with fruit from certified biodynamic vineyards. He’s referred to this densely colored wine as “the face of a woman without any makeup,” and the oak program speaks to that. The mere 15 percent new oak barely powders her nose, which hints at a Beaujolais with its Hawaiian Punch tones of black cherry, raspberry and bubble gum. Its flavors begin as brooding with big strawberry and black cherry, and the cherry-skin tannins give this some grip.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,800 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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