Montinore Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011 Wine Review (NW)
Subtle notes of cherry, rose, and pepper on the delicate nose
Light bodied and lean on the palate
Tart raspberry and pepper on the finish
This wine is a very light style of Pinot from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. While it shows some of the trademark qualities of Oregon Pinot, it's so subtle and fleeting that you have to remind yourself that you're drinking wine. That has both advantages and disadvantages, depending on the circumstances. For $20, just know what to expect and don't serve it to your die-hard Cabernet friends. Raise a glass!