Review: 2010 Van Duzer Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley

2010 van duzerOregon’s Van Duzer has been through upheaval of late. A new winemaker came aboard in June 2010, and the winemaking process was overhauled to focus on smaller sites, lower yields, and gentler handling of grapes. The first release from the new era is now upon us. Here’s how the 2010 Estate Pinot Noir shakes out.

Blueberry on the nose, with touches of earth. On the body, it’s quite sweet, the ample fruit masking a surprisingly light body. The finish is on the tart side — more raspberry or blackberry fruit, with some cinnamon spice in there, too. Easy-drinking and delicate despite the fruit forward underpinnings, it’s a fine effort. Serve on the chillier side.

B+ / $30 /

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