Oregon Wine – Two New 2008 Pinot noirs Under $25

pappas-label-120pA new batch of Oregon 2008 Pinot noirs are out this week – here’s two standouts:

BEST BUY – Pappas Pinot noir 08 $13.99 any 12 – Yumm! Immediately appealing, a lively perfume of red raspberry and damson plum ushers in a silky textured Pinot. Delicate red fruit flavors – raspberry, red currant, and plum – mingle with sweet spice and creamy toast. Soft, unobtrusive tannins balance the fresh, bright, berry-fruit finish. – Jean

CLASSIC – Holloran Pinot noir Willamette Valley 08 $21.11 any 12 – Made by Jay Somers (J. Christopher Wines) for Bill Holloran. – The scent of blackberry jam and sweet spice is soft and inviting – an initial hit of blackberry, currant, and spice flavors deepens with the addition of black pepper, smoke, and smooth, moderate tannins. In the finish, there’s a hint of perfume and cedar. As the flavors taper off, the tannins become a bit grippy – this wine is well matched to casual barbecue and burgers, and will also pair well with fall  menus – roast lamb,  wild mushrooms, and such. – Jean

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