Van Duzer Vineyards 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

By on July 2, 2015

Van Duzer Vineyards-2012-Pinot Noir BottleThe flagship wine produced by Florent Merlier for Stanford grads Carl and Marilynn Thoma shows the variety and productivity of their showpiece site along the Van Duzer Corridor west of Oregon’s capital city of Salem. There are eight clones represented, and their estate forms more than 90 percent of this blend, which opens with fascinating aromas of tiramisu, raspberry jam and smoky black currant, backed by cola, maple, wet concrete and fresh-cut celery. It’s a mouthfilling drink of black plum and blackberry, framed by mild tannins and elegant acidity that lead to a long finish of pomegranate and blueberry.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 6,376 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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