Phelps Creek Vineyards 2011 Regina Pinot Noir, Columbia Gorge, $49

By on December 24, 2014

Phelps Creek VineyardS-Regina Pinot Noir-Columbia Gorge-2011-BottleFourth-generation winemaker Alexandrine Roy of Domaine Marc Roy in the Cote d’Or village of Gevrey-Chambertin also takes time to oversee the program at this Hood River, Ore., property. This lot of Pommard clones, named for owner Bob Morus’ mother, the first vines Morus planted in 1990. Roy’s choice for feral fermentation nurtures stunning aromas of pomegranate, cherry and cranberry with floral notes of violet as well as minerality. The drink is expressive with delicious flavors of cherry, raspberry, red currant and cranberry, while exotic spices in the background make for an elegant finish. This received a silver medal at the 2014 Columbia Gorge Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 220 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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