2011 Evening Land Pinot Noir

2011 Evening Land Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

You’re down with Pinot. You know it’s light and pretty and always welcome at the dinner table. Now it’s time to up your game. Pinot Noir from Burgundy (in France) is earthier; Pinot Noir from California is fruitier. Then there’s this beautiful area called the Willamette Valley in Oregon: Its Pinot Noirs are like the love-children of Mama Cali and Papa Burgundy—they’ve got Mama’s good looks (soft, attractive berry fruit) with Papa’s wit (subtle yet certain damp earth and crushed leaf notes). Evening Land is, no holds barred, one of Willamette’s best producers.

Drink with friends and: a crusty baguette and chicken liver pâté

Average retail price: $25

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