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Oregon Pinot Noir Uncorked: Five Tasty Pinot Noirs

"The three things that make a vineyard great are the climate, the soil, and the exposure. Bien Nacido Vineyard ~ James Ontiveros  
The Willamette Valley in Oregon is known as a 'mecca' of sorts, where powerful, yet delicate, soulful Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay is grown, fermented, aged and bottled. I've recently become a resident of this state, much to my delight, things here are vastly different than my previous domicile in the land of Unicornia. There's a spirit of generosity here, one that I've not observed before, and the folks in the wine business, are very much part of that vibe. I thought it was high time, I give some content space to the Wines of Oregon, during Oregon Wine Month. Secondly, because of some of these relatively inexpensive [$18-$28] examples of Pinot Noir, which I tasted, slurped, sniffed, vigorously aerated, were in a few words, better than good. You can also see there's a bit of a theme, with four of the five wines below l…

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