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2005 Dobbes Family Estate Griffin’s Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 273 cases, $42. Blended from five vineyard lots and hand selected barrels. Clones 113, 115, 667, 777 and Pommard. Cropped at 2 tons per acre. 100% de-stemmed with about 70% whole berries intact in the fermenter. Racked twice before bottling 18 months later. Darkly colored. · Very earthy nose with restrained scents of dark fruits, herbs and hi-toned oak. A masculine wine with both red and black fruits that is somewhat linear but drinks nicely. Rich in texture with a dry finish featuring a lingering citrus note. Well-made. Reviewed March 26, 2009

Winery: Joe Dobbes Wines
From article: Dobbes Family Estate