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2007 Brandborg Bench Lands Pinot Noir

Umpqua Valley, Oregon

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$20 Retail

The Bench Lands, located 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean on mountains rising to 1,000 feet, feature Dijon and Pommard clones planted in well-drained sedimentary sandstone and clay loam soils. The marine influence provides fog, warm days and cool evenings to encourage slow ripening in the vineyards to develop the grapes' flavor. The wine offers aromas of cherry, pomegranate, baking spice and subtle smoke. On the palate, taste sweet berry, earth notes, toasty vanilla and herbal and mineral components. Drink it solo or with nicoise salad, foie gras or country pate with tart cherry compote, duck confit, grilled vegetables, herb-crusted lamb, roast chicken, pork and veal dishes and mild cheeses. Buy it at: Keife & Co.

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