Montinore Pinot Noir 2003
This wine is a phenomenal value for the money. It is hard to find good Pinot Noir for under $20 from anywhere –let alone Oregon, where the wineries are generally, small family-run affairs. Montinore has broken this trend with the 2003 from their 585-acre estate in the Northern Willamette Valley. Gorgeous red and black cherries, blackberries, and hints of cocoa and coffee on the nose are accompanied by a dark garnet hue. In the mouth, this silky wine shows off rich fruit flavors as well as a fine earthy finish that shows a touch of oak and vanilla. Excellent with light meats, salmon, and light sauces –or just with a great book by a fireplace.