Willamette Valley Vineyards 2010 Elton Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $45

Oregon wineFor many years, winemakers have loved the fruit they’ve gotten from Elton vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. Planted in 1983, it is owned by Dick and Betty O’Brien and considered one of the state’s top vineyards. A few years ago, Willamette Valley Vineyards CEO Jim Bernau managed to lease the vineyard and now has access to all of its grapes. This is a superb bottling that shows off complex aromas of lime zest, cherry and raspberry, followed by flavors of Rainier cherry, white strawberry and cocoa. Gentle tannins give this delicate wine just enough length.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,010

Alcohol: 13%

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