Willamette Valley 2010, Lundeen
Dr Burgundy go make cultural learnings of America... back in 2006 I travelled to Oregon and greatly enjoyed 3 days of tastings in the undulating hills of the region. Friendly people, good local food and some interesting pinots. I understand why young Burgundy producers spend 6 months there for their "stage". This pinot started on a medium to light ruby red colour. A charming, sweet raspberry nose, jammy, cherry conserve, super fruity, no tertiary aromas. Imbibed this is balanced, toasty, grilled cherry, soft, background tannins, a soupcon of blood orange. A hint of bitterness on the palate, fairly short, a raspberry liqueur after taste. A well made, fruit-driven wine that has controlled the tendency to over-ripen in Oregon. Scores 22 / 30 for a Willamette Valley pinot.