Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir, Oregon, $18

By on February 14, 2014

eola-hills-wine-cellars-pinot-noir-2012-bottleThe new bright red “P” makes this standout on the shelf, and winery founder Tom Huggins and winemaker Steve Anderson take a fruit-forward approach for their approachable Pinot Noir. The light hand taken with the oak program allows for pretty aromas of plum, raspberry and pomegranate to shine well ahead of the black truffle hint. Inside are dark notes of Bing cherry, dark chocolate, plum, raspberry and black olive. Smooth tannins and pie cherry acidity give this pleasing length. The culinary team at the Salem-area winery suggests pairing it with smoked salmon sprinkled with red wine vinegar, fresh ground black pepper and dill seed, then presented on a bed of rice.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 28,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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