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2010 Klee Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $17. From winemaker Chris Berg of Racine Wine Co. and Roots Wines. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of brandied cherries with a hint of oak. Bright and juicy flavors of strawberries and cherries accented by subtle oak. Light in weight, even a bit shallow, with mild tannins and easy drink ability. Will work fine with summer bbq or lounging by the pool. Decent. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Klee Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $17. From Chris Berg’s Racine Wine Co. which also produces the Roots line of Willamette Valley wines. Paul Klee (1879-1940) was a famous teacher of the Bauhaus movement that emphasized functionality, affordability and consistence, all attributes of the Klee wines. The painting that inspired the label is at bauhaus.de. · The nuanced perfume is quite floral with added notes of wild berries, underbrush and spice. Soft and smooth and moderately rich in the mouth featuring dark red dried cherry and berry flavors, an underpinning of earthiness, and fine, ripe tannins. A dependable daily drinker. Good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2004 Kistler Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,328 cases, $60. · Moderate ruby-purple color in the glass. Complex aromatic profile featuring black cherries, cola, prickly pear, baking spices. sandalwood and a subtle vegetal note. Tasty cherry cola and raspberry flavor with some persistence on the finish. Showing a little bit of an aged patina and not as weighty as the Kistler cuvée bottlings. The tannins have melded and the wine is drinking nicely. Good. Reviewed September 22, 2010 ARTICLE »

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