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Seven of Hearts Pinot noir 06
Avalon's Wine Pick of the Week for 9-1-08

"Red Wine and Chocolate are all in the Family"

An artisan chocolateur and a promising new winemaker come together in the new winery, Seven of Hearts.

Owners Byron and Dana Dooley moved to Oregon from California's wine country, where Byron made wine at Williams Selyem and trained in viticulture and winemaking. Dana owned a successful artisan chocolate company, which she has moved to McMinnville.

Seven of Hearts makes Pinot noir in Oregon's Yamhill Carlton District of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Byron makes the wines.

Byron and Dana own Luminous Hills Vineyard, planted in 2006. The vineyard is planted with Pinot noir - the Pommard Clone and the Dijon clones 777, 667, and 115. The Luminous Vineyard is farmed sustainably and has passed the first step towards certification as "Salmon-Safe". The first wine from the vineyard will be made in 2008.

Seven of Hearts Pinot noir 06 $29.95/$26.95

Seven of Hearts Pinot noir 06 is made from pinot noir grapes harvested in the Dundee Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley. It is a spicy, fruity Pinot noir, ready to drink and enjoy. In the nose, red raspberry and red pie cherry prevail. In the mouth, the red fruit flavors continue, with soft sweet pie spice and a hint of fresh turned earth.

The Seven of Hearts Pinot starts with a sense of sweet fruit, expands in the mouth to a balance of red fruit, spice, and gentle tannins, and finishes long and spicy.

- Avalon

"This 2006 Pinot noir from the Dundee Hills appellation showcases floral perfume notes, bright red fruits, rich mouthfeel, earthy minerality, and subtle exotic spiciness."

"A blend of two thirds old vine Pommard and one third Dijon 777 Pinot noir clones, this wine marries breadth and depth for richness and intensity designed for near term appeal, as well as the ability to develop for several years in the bottle."

"The Seven of Hearts 2006 Pinot noir was aged sixteen months in one-year-old French oak barrels, providing integration and soft tannins lending to the overall complexity and balance."

-The Winery

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Bruno Pinot noir 07
Made by Russ Raney of Evesham Wood
Avalon's Wine Pick of the Week for 7-15-08

"Oregon's Secret Pinot noir"

Bruno Pinot noir 07 is made by Russ Raney (Evesham Wood) at his winery for his Oregon distributor and the Oregon market. It's an outstanding value that blends freshness, bright acidity, and pure fruit.

Lovers of Burgundian-style reds and whites can attest to the really good wine coming out of Evesham Wood Winery. Their Pinots won't knock you over; instead, they'll keep you upright, drinking with deep concentration in order to decipher each nuance the wine has to offer. These wines pair well with food yet drink superbly all on their own.

Bruno Pinot noir 07 $16.95/$15.25

This is a young Pinot, and could use a bit of time decanted or cellared at least a few weeks before opening. That said, the nose is all about bright raspberry and red cherry fruit, and the flavors follow up with more sweet red cherry and red raspberry flavors. There's a hint of pie spice, a hint of smoke, and just a lot of pleasant, easy drinking, fresh red fruit flavors. The finish is long and the tannins are silky and unobtrusive. Forsummer sipping, when an approachable red with a bit less intensity and more refreshing flavors is appealing, this is a great deal.

The wine is sourced from several vineyards in the Salem, Oregon area, near Evesham Wood’s winery. Evesham Wood is one of those wineries in Oregon that sells out so fast, most people never hear about it. It's the unique combination of superb wines and the most modest prices in Oregon that make them a cult favorite.

The 2007 Bruno is far superior to its 2006 predecessor, and will age nicely over the next 2-4 years. One of the first 2007 Pinot noirs, this little wine shows what those in the know are whistering around the Willamette Valley- 2007 is going to be a super star vintage.


Read: Evesham Wood Wines:
Think Globally, Harvest Locally
by Alison Ruch, Avalon Staff Writer

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