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2012 Yamhill Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Retail $20-$22

Established in 1984, Oregon's Willamette American Viticultural Area (AVA) comprises six sub-AVAs including McMinnville and the Yamhill-Carlton District. Although other varietals are planted in the valley's 3.3 million acres of vineyards, pinot noir grapes are the most demanded. 2012's warm, dry summer and cool September and October nights encouraged optimal ripening for this wine's 100 percent estate-grown fruit. Grapes were hand-picked and -sorted and fermented for 11 to 14 days. The wine was aged in 10 percent new French and Oregon oak barrels for 11 months. In the glass, it offers enticing aromas of bright red cherry, a hint of new-oak barrel spice and earth notes. On the palate, taste complex flavors of red plum, black fruit, baking spice, a touch of pepper and velvety tannins on the finish. Drink it as an aperitif or with grilled salmon, tuna tartare, foie gras, herb-roasted chicken, veal Marsala, pork loin with stewed fruit and truffled cheeses. Buy it at: The Wine Seller, Second Vine Wine and Bin 428. Drink it at: Atchafalaya, Tujague's and The Delachaise.

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