White Rose has consistently produced very good and, more often than not, excellent pinot noirs. The Dundee Hills AVA is a fine example. A nose of raspberry and juniper berries leads the lucky drinker into a velvety, balanced wine of lovely fruit with more light spice tones of cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps even some hints of cranberry. Finish is slightly short, IMHO, but that may be the bias of my experience tasting White Rose wines. I have had many of their wines I think are even better. (In the interests of full disclosure, this is the one wine club to which I belong.) Retail distribution is spotty, and their wines are best obtained through the website or by joining their wine club. Highly Recommended. GT

WHO: White Rose Vineyards
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Dundee Hills, Oregon
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $45

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Gary Thomas

Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for PalatePress.com. He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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