This Oregon Pinot Noir has a distinctive personality that I associated with Oregon Pinots. It's darker in color and bigger in body than the Louis Latour Domaine Valmoissine. This may be in part because of the 30% new oak but also because of the distinctive terroir of Oregon. There's a beautiful earthy, ginger quality that serves as a backdrop for the ripe cherries and vanilla. A bit of smoke and more of that spicy earthiness dress up the finish.
I had this wine with an equally delightful entree of cedar planked salmon filet and sweet potato tart at Every Day People Cafe in Douglas, MI--my favorite West Michigan restaurant.