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Cameron Pinot noir Willamette Valley 2012


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Attention! This dynamite value Pinot will be gone in a flash. Last year, it sold out in 20 minutes so we'll aim for a new record. Dark cherry and blackberry, wild and energetic, with subtle violet and earth notes. One of the true steals in all of the Willamette Valley, this includes fruit from the vaunted Abbey Ridge Vineyard.

2010 Vintage

We caught John Paul in the middle of pruning Nebbiolo vines in his Clos Electrique Vineyard, wearing his muddied Euro-racing-stripes jump suit/coveralls. We descended into the dank and chilly cellar to taste 2009's still in barrel. Hot damn - he's sitting on some killer juice, to be released in the fall...

What doesn't make it into Cameron's other Pinots becomes the Willamette Valley. All Dundee Hills, from the best neighborhood in Oregon (Worden Hill Road outside of Dundee), these misfit barrels band together. Drinks like a Bourgogne rouge, with high-toned red fruits, clove, and pepper that moves throughout the nose and palate. Simply put - a screaming deal.

About the Winemaker

John Paul is so low key, he's underground like a wine cave.

He's mentioned in the same breath as John Thomas (Thomas Wines), Russ Raney (Evesham), Doug Tunnell (Brick House), and Brian O'Donnell (Belle Pente). All are low key winemakers who dry farm, waiting patiently for years for their vines to develop the inimitable, elusive, unforgettable qualities of the best Pinot noir.

As founder of Oregonís Dry Roots Coalition (all of the above winemakers are members,) John Paul is the stateís foremost practitioner of the philosophy of environmentally sound, low water usage dry farming of vineyards.

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