Van Duzer Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $32

van duzer pinot noirVan Duzer Vineyards near Dallas, Ore., drew on several Willamette Valley sources for its 2013 Pinot Noir, crafting a wine that startles the taster with licorice elements in its opening aromas, backed by cherries and spice. On the tongue, there are more cherries and licorice, plus a hint of blueberry, leading to well managed tannins in its close. This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 6,109 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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