This Willamette Valley pinot noir offers classic Burgundy character: Big black cherry core, earthy underscoring, and hints of herbs like lavender and violet. The body is moderate, with a bracing tartness that pairs well with food. Though very young, Van Duzer’s Estate Pinot makes for reasonably easy drinking today, though I suspect a couple of years in the bottle will help mellow out some of its mild tannin and allow some of the flavor characters — which are right now a touch out of balance — to harmonize. Excellent wine for the price.
A- / $30 / vanduzer.com
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