Wine of the Week

Valley View Winery 2016 Anna Maria Pinot Noir

Appellation: Southern Oregon

This winery ranks as one of Oregon’s most historic with its connection to 19th century photographer/winemaker Peter Britt. And while the Wisnovsky family designates Anna Maria as its reserve tier, this ranks among the most nicely priced Pinot Noirs in the Northwest. John Guerrero’s winemaking style reflects the ripeness that can be attained in the Applegate Valley as it is layered with fruit while showing a touch of brickish color. Aromas of Thanksgiving cranberry sauce with orange zest pick up some black cherry along the way. Inside, it’s a spoonful of cherry cobbler with baking spices in between red currant and blueberry with cocoa, coffee and peach. This effort, the first devoted to a young block that is showing beautiful promise on the Wisnovsky estate, earned the equivalent of a gold medal in Wine Press Northwest’s most recent tasting of Pinot Noir, the results of which appear in the Summer 2020 issue.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (13.8% alc.)

Price: $22

Cases produced: 315

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Food pairings: Enjoy with a snack plate featuring orchard fruit, savory cheeses and cured meat, alder-planked salmon, smoked chicken, grilled pork, lamb, eggplant or mushroom dishes.

Valley View Winery

1000 Upper Applegate Road

Jacksonville, OR 97530

(800) 781-9463

valleyviewwinery.com

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