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2009 Methven Family Vineyards Citizen's Cuvee Pinot Noir 

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Retail $20-$22

The normally fussy pinot noir grape found a good home in Oregon's Willamette Valley. where many wineries are producing pinots that compare favorably with their counterparts in Burgundy, France. Viticulture began in Oregon in the 1840s, but modern winemaking techniques didn't arrive until the late 1960s. The valley runs along the Willamette River to Oregon's northern border and east to the Cascades. To the west, the Oregon Coast Range stands between the valley and the Pacific, blocking most of the ocean's impact. Cooling Pacific breezes seep through mountain gaps into the valley's vineyards after long, sun-parched days. Grapes for this wine were sourced from Methven's estate in the Eola-Amity Hills American Viticultural Area. The wine offers a bouquet of dried flowers, red berries and herbal undertones. On the palate, taste cherry, raspberry, earthy notes, savory nuances and fine tannins. Drink it with mushroom pate, stewed root vegetables, veal shank, rosemary chicken, leg of lamb and pasta Bordelaise. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co. and Second Vine Wine. Drink it at: The Pelican Club, Root, Ivy and Loa.

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