Amity Vineyards 2010 Estate Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, $40

Amity Vineyards logoRather than moving north as did so many of Oregon’s winemaking pioneers, Myron Redford headed south from Seattle, where he worked for historic Associated Vintners. He planted Pinot Noir in 1974 and began making wine in 1976. For the past five years, longtime apprentice Darcy Pendergrass has been creating the wine for Redford, and this is stunning. The nose is filled with dark strawberry, raspberry, Jolly Rancher cherry candy and lime peel. Balance and complexity best describe the palate, which includes strawberry/rhubarb compote, fresh cranberry, pink raspberry and tobacco leaf. And in typical Amity fashion, the alcohol is low.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 145 cases

Alcohol: 12.8%

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