Illahe 2019 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon
Great value wines like this Oregon Pinot Noir are still available, thank goodness, with south facing vineyard slopes that soak up sunshine and develop ripe flavors. This wine actually drinks similar to Russian River Valley fans who appreciate a cherry cola like intensity to Pinot Noir. Strawberry and blackberry dominate with rhubarb and nutmeg adding subtle complexity. Classic Willamette Pinot Noir acidity and earth notes will be found as well if you can get past how smooth and velvety this wine is.