Wow. It doesn’t even say “Pinot Noir” on the label…but this is about as “Pinot Noir” as American wine can get. From a single vineyard source in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, this is a knockout wine from a knockout winery. I hadn’t even heard of them until my friend, Cathy Whims, a great Portland chef, sent me a few bottles. Pretty ruby-purple in the glass, darkish, but not very dark. Gorgeous Burgundy-like nose, combining cranberries, cherries and spice. Soft and seductive palate, with some of the wood notes (vanilla and spice) surging to the fore. The 13.5% is hidden by the cushy fruit; this is a beautiful wine for all foods that like red wine (I had it with wonderful lamb-and-lamb-heart meatballs whipped up by Sybille K. Bellamy, my new cookbook co-author).