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2005 The Four Graces Black Family Estate Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 400 cases, $75. Blended from the best barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. Primarily clone 115 grapes were fermented with proprietary yeast. Aged in 46% new oak barrels for 9 months and an additional 2 years in bottle before release. · This wine is quite dark in color, veering toward dark violet and brimming with scents of crushed black cherries and vanilla. High-collared dark stone fruit flavors are discreetly concentrated so that the wine is plush but still light on its feet. An appealing earthiness and smoke add to the intrigue with a silky smooth texture and a tangy, dry finish completing the package. Reviewed September 15, 2008

Winery: The Four Graces
From article: A Taste of Noiregon, Vintages 2005 & 2006