Willamette Valley "Thea's Select" 2011, Lemelson Vineyards
I confess I bought this bottle because I really like the label which shows a bucolic vineyard scene with hints of van Gogh. Served in a solid bottle this pinot noir from the reliable Willamette Valley has a really engaging blueberry, cinnamon and plum nose. Sweet without being jammy, the spices beautifully complement the wild berry fruits. Lovely. Lively, woodland berry flavours continue on the palate. The focus on the freshness has been achieved with a reduction in concentration but this is overall a pleasant, enticing and very enjoyable wine. Happily comes in at just 13% alcohol which preserves the elegance of the pinot noir. Scores 23/30 for a Willamette Valley.
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