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Cascade Quarry Pinot Noir 2011

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Willamette Valley
Pinot Noir

The Wine Advocate's Oregon expert, David Schildknecht, raves about the region's 2011 vintage, hailing the wines – particularly the Pinot Noir – as "ravishing" and "possessed of perfume and vibrancy of a sort one can only wish for most years. I already feel pretty confident that these will as a group prove to be the most exhilarating Willamette Pinots since the 2005s."

So, you can imagine how excited we were to secure an exclusive shipment of Michael Lundeen's velvety interpretation. This journalist-turned-winemaker put his investigative skills to good work this vintage, seeking out the finest Pinot Noir grapes from three special vineyard sites – one of which sits atop a limestone quarry (similar to Burgundy’s most famous vineyards), in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains.

The results in the glass are plush, yet elegant, with a distinctive finesse. Look for trademark flavors of crushed red berry, framed with attractive notes of earthy spice. The silky tannins and lighter body of this red make it a perfect match for turkey or salmon.