HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Pappas Wine Co. 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley. 13.4% ABV, $18.99.

Beautiful light- to medium-ruby color with luscious pink edges. Gorgeous nose of strawberry, baking spices, cigar box—and an occasional whiff of dust and blood because of the volcanic soil in the area. Juicy and succulent, balanced, lively, just wonderful. It isn’t sweet, yet it reminded me of a dark-red mid-’60s-era (before they changed the formula) Charms pop because of its piquant freshness and depth. Refreshing and not a hot fruit/alcohol bomb—SO beautifully made. An excellent Oregon Pinot at a bargain price.

LABEL: Symbolic of community, family and friendship, Pinot Noir can now assume its noble place at the daily table. We at Pappas Wine Co. are devoted to bold, inspiring wines and proudly deliver Pinot for the People! ~Athena Pappas and Stewart Boedecker

CLOSURE: Screw cap.

WEB: www.BoedeckerCellars.com


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