Here’s a hot commodity – an under $20 Oregon Pinot noir from the esteemed 2008 vintage, made by a highly regarded winemaker with many successful vintages on his resume.
Stafford Hill’s Pinot noir 08 $17.05 (any 12) is made by Jay Somers. He and his winery, J. Christopher, have recently received national press fora new joint venture with famed German winery Dr. Loosen.
Stafford Hill is one of Oregon’s most affordable Pinot noirs. It comes and goes in a couple of weeks in early summer, and is currently selling for $21+ elsewhere across the country. Second label for Holloran Winery, Jay also makes their wines.
“Quite nice once it gets some air. Delicate aromas of crumbly earth, cherry, and orange peel. The bright flavors of the same, along with a pinch of peppery spice, show good length. Brisk yet gentle acidity and smooth, medium-light texture.” – Wicker Parker, on Cellar Tracker