2009 Klee, Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon (Roots Wine)
Chris Berg’s third label of Roots Wine, the Klee is a wonderful value and a beautifully detailed Pinot Noir from select sites in the Willamette Valley in the heart of Oregon’s prime growing region. It is hard to find a Pinot Noir of this quality for around Twenty bucks, but Berg certainly delivers with this vintage of Klee and I highly recommend finding some to enjoy over the next few years, especial as 2010 and 2011 were very difficult years in Oregon. The 2009 Klee Pinot is floral toned with loads of character and vibrant flavors that include raspberry, black cherry, plum and Asian spices with mineral notes. The nose leads with rose petals, hints of violets and a touch of oak toast before a silky texture on the palate and a lingering finish, while nice balancing acidity holds everything together.
($20 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive
Avail. at www.sfwtc.com ($19.95)