Oregon’s Willamette Valley produces some of the world’s best Pinot Noirs.  And that is only half the reason to love their wines. The other is it’s grassroots vibe. Unlike so many top-tier wine regions, the Willamette Valley is still a bastion of small wineries. It’s typical to find a winery owner working in the fields or in the wine cellar alongside employees.  It’s also still common for such folk to build their wineries from the ground up, rather than enjoying the buttress of extreme wealth.

These type of wines are often in the $40+ range,  and they are usually worth the splurge. This bottle comes in at around $25, which puts it firmly in the “Best Buy” category of  great Oregon Pinot.

Aromas of  wild rose and brier lead to fresh cherry and cola flavors and a light, but velvety texture. Flavors flow into sandalwood and raspberry on the finish.