Last night we opened up a 2009 Pinot Noir from the Angela Estate of Clawson Creek Vineyards, in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. A lot of wine experts would suggest that the Willamette Valley is the second best region on the planet for growing Pinot Noir, behind only the Burgundy region of France.
2009 Angela Estates Pinot Noir ($45 from their US website)
Initially very reserved on the nose; but eventually it opens up with hints of blueberry, cherry cola and some sort of sweet spice that I can't totally identify. On the palate the dark berries take over, with a richness and sweetness you don't often get from a Pinot Noir. Bold and smooth with a very long finish. 89.
Angela Lansbury would be proud.