Iris Vineyards, Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Noir 2021

($25):  Iris Vineyards draws on three AVAs from the Willamette, Eola Hills, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill-Carlton, for this crunchy red fruited Pinot Noir.  Alluring smokey nuances, thankfully not from wildfires, adds a counterpoint to the crisp raspberry-like fruit in this mid-weight, 13.7 percent stated alcohol, Pinot Noir.  It is well-priced for a Pinot Noir of this quality and sophistication and would be an excellent choice for grilled salmon this summer.
90 Michael Apstein Jun 27, 2023