Rick's Picks: 2007 Duke's Family Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

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The thing about wine descriptors is non-linear. With food it's much easier.  If I were to ask you what a raspberry tastes like, you'd say it tastes like a raspberry. If I asked you what a strawberry tastes like, it would taste like a strawberry. But when I ask you what a Pinot Noir from Oregon tastes like, it doesn't taste like Pinot Noir, it tastes like raspberry and strawberry. Therein lies the beauty of wine description, it's non-linear.  We can all be on the same page with food descriptors...there's no room for interpretation.  Raspberries taste like raspberries.  And Schnozberries taste like Schnozberries :)

The 2007 Duke's Family Alyssa Pinot Noir is a stellar example of the 2007 vintage in Oregon and of what the Willamette Valley has to offer.  It's plush and velvety, just like a baby's butt.  Some wines are like a wool sweater on your tongue, this beauty is like a cashmere sweater—and YOU deserve cashmere.  As soon as you pop the cork it starts singing like a bird.  Lovely aromas of black cherries, raspberries and strawberry start wafting out of the glass.  At only 13.2% ALC you'd think the Duke's Pinot would be too wimpy, but it actually holds its own with finesse.  It's like Julia Roberts in the red dress in Pretty Woman when she gets her fingers slammed in the necklace box.  She laughs hysterically so you fall in love with her because she's so beautiful and stunning, but has a sense of humor and doesn't take herself too seriously.  This wine is Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.

At $40 it's just above average for the price.  I'm not saying this is the best wine ever made, but it's well made by the late Gary Andrus from 9-year old vineyards.  I personally love lower alcohol wines that aren't over the top, yet have finesse and that's why this wine is a Ricks' Pick wine.  Cheers!

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Food pairings:

Grilled Asian Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Miso Ginger Grilled Salmon