Helioterra 2009 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pretty, lightly hued rose red color. Pure Pinot aromas of crushed red cherries and strawberries with background notes of dried herbs and gentle toast. Lively and well-focused cherry fruit has an appealing dryness at the back of the palate, but with a gentle sweetness as a top note. There is an attractive floral lavender tone throughout the tasting experience, and a tartness reminiscent of ripe cranberries. Bright acidity lends a fresh aspect, while the fruit is corseted by well-controlled tannins. The finish is long and vibrant. A tasty Pinot Noir to pair with mustard-glazed pork loin. (248 cases made.) $22—Cole Danehower
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