Talley Arroyo Grande Valley 2010 Pinot Noir

Clear, medium ruby-garnet in the glass. Appealing medium-intensity nose of cherry, wood, and smoky damp outdoors. Dry, medium acidity and tannins along with sour cherry and 14.4% alcohol provide some real bite, but this is very nicely balanced with ripe red fruit, vanilla, and some floral qualities. Medium body and a nice long finish. Overall very good, and definitely recommended. $54 at Everything Wine. See Talley Vineyards and the winemarker’s notes.

Talley Arroyo Grande Valley 2010 Pinot Noir

Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2008

Medium deep ruby with a garnet rim. Beautiful light nose of red cherry, strawberry, and fall forest—perfect complement to this drizzling but beautiful Vancouver day. Dry with a hint of residual sweetness, mid acidity, low tannins and light-plus body. Red fruits dominate, nicely balanced but with a bit of medicinal quality (also noted by a taster on CellarTracker). Good length. 14.2% alcohol. Overall good. $48 at Legacy Liquor Store. See Domaine Carneros.

Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2008

Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2010

Clear, medium ruby red with a hint of purple. Clean, medium intensity nose of cherry and oak with some vegetal overtones: straightforward but appealing. Dry, medium-plus acidity, and light tannins; medium body. Cherry and sour cherry, some appealing wood notes, and spices. A medium length finish; not complex but nicely balanced. Overall good; recommended. 14% alcohol.

$30 at Crosstown. See Blue Mountain Winery (warning: some Flash).

Blue Mountain Pinot Noir 2010

Winderlea Pinot Noir 2007

Clear, medium ruby with a tawny rim. Clean, medium intensity nose was initially more suggestive of a white, hard to place but I lost that as it opened up into appealing cherry and spices. Dry, medium acid and low tannins; light body. Straightforward but appealing red fruits in the mouth, mostly cherry and plum and perhaps a bit of strawberry. Medium length but not a great finish. 14% alcohol but not that noticeable.

The notes on CellarTracker are intriguing for this one: apparently widely drunk, there are wildly varying opinions. My bottle is fine and my opinion is middle of the road: overall good, but I was hoping for something more along the lines of the 2008 Crowley.

USD$50 at 12th and Olive in Seattle, a nice little shop with great service. See Winderlea Vineyard and Winery and their notes on this vintage.

Winderlea 2007 Pinot Noir

Cloudline Oregon Pinot Noir 2009

Clear, medium ruby red with a garnet rim. Clean, medium intensity red cherry and strawberry, with a bit of earthiness. Dry, medium acidity, and light tannins with a light-plus body. A bit of astringency and unwanted vegetal qualities in the mouth, overshadowing a straightforward blend of red fruit flavours. Not a strong finish, and overall nothing to get excited about. 13.5% alcohol. $30—decidedly overpriced—at Crosstown. See Dreyfus, Ashby & Co.

Cloudline 2009 Pinot Noir

Crowley Willamette Valley 2008 Pinot Noir

Clear, medium ruby colour. Clean, medium intensity aromas of black cherry, plum, and earth notes. Dry, medium-plus acidity and light bodied with light tannins. Many nicely mingled red fruits on the palate, with cherries and raspberries dominating; spice, tasteful oak, and again an earthiness round it out. Good length. 13.5% alcohol. Overall very good, really enjoyable; I definitely recommend this one. $36.90 at Marquis Wine Cellars. See Crowley Wines.

Crowley 2008 Pinot Noir