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2009 Big Fire and Erath Oregon Pinot Noir

May 11, 2012 - Norman Bentley

We had friends over for dinner last weekend for grilled salmon, and my favorite with salmon, Pinot Noir. We selected two bottles of similar wine from Oregon for comparison, but could not decide which was the best, so I have decided to write about both. This week's Tasting Notes is a "Two for One".

Both Pinot Noirs are from Oregon, both are a little on the light side (perfect for salmon), and both are of the 2009 vintage. They also are very close to the same price. First is the 2009 Erath Oregon Pinot Noir which is from various vineyards in the Willamette Valley. The 2009 Big Fire Oregon Pinot Noir is also sourced from a variety of Oregon vineyards. Both wines are a ruby red in color, with the Erath being a touch darker. Both have juicy fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry, with the Big Fire having a little nuance of plum, while the Erath is a touch on the earthy side. They both have a moderate amount of oak aging to add character to the finish.

The bottom line is that they were both so good, we could not decide which was best, so I suggest you get a bottle of each and some fresh salmon, and decide for yourself. Norm's score for both is 89.

Score: 89

Price: $18 - $21


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