Pinot Noir wines from Oregon almost always offer something unique and Jigsaw Pinot Noir (2012) from Ransom Wine Co. is no exception.
On the nose, this Pinot Noir resembles fields of roses and the very first sips make you think you’re drinking Champagne. Nevertheless, this is a Pinot Noir, with bright acidity supporting a fine balance of fresh cherry and strawberry fruit intermingled with hints of spice, earthiness and currant. Balanced tannins result in a smooth drinking wine, which for this price is an excellent value.
Vinted and bottled by Ransom Wine Co. (winemaker Tad Seestedt), Sheridan, Willamette County, OR.
This Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands in California is on the thinner side, with light ruby color and fresh cherry flavors. Light-bodied with minimal tannins, but still a nice overall every-day wine.
The label states 2008 as the vintage, so the wine has kept well all these years.
The Hunterdon Pinot Noir is produced with a Burgundy-style aging process, where the winemakers age the wine in large casks, which let in tiny amounts of oxygen. This so-called “micro-oxidation” softens the wine and adds a little earthiness to its character.
A real value wine, so if you spot this one, definitely worth a try.
Produced by Hunterdon Cellars (Mayro-Murdick Wines), King City CA.
This Pinot Noir from the Union Wine Company in Oregon is a small batch Pinot Noir that is a real treat. Produced with grapes grown in Willamette Valley, this delicious wine is a boutique craft wine that showcases the uniqueness of the terroir in which the grapes were grown.
The wine is light ruby red in color and has some nice aromas of fresh berries. On the palate, this Pinot Noir packs bright cherry and raspberry flavors with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Excellent bright acidity and medium tannins result in a wine that is a pleasure to drink.
The winemakers’ (owner and founder Ryan Harms and Greg Bauer) mission is the craft affordable wines that reflect the unique spirit of the region.
The 2010 vintage received 91 points from The Wine Enthusiast.
Produced and bottled by Union Wine Co., Oregon.