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Oregon tasting notes

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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Oregon wine.

THE FOUR GRACES, OREGON

The Four Graces Pinot Blanc 2007
Dundee Hills fruit., from the vineyard above the winery. Lovely aromatics here, with a little floral edge to quite leesy, bright pear fruit. The palate has a very fine pear and lemon rind quality, with lovely finesse and clarity. 800 to 1200 cases. 88/100

The Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2006
A blend of fruit from both Dundee Hills and Carlton vineyards. All estate fruit, Very fine briar wood nose. There's vanilla and rich, ripe bramble fruit on. The palate has really sweet fruit, with refined, creamy oak coming through. 88/100

The Four Graces Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Reserve 2006
Quite intense, with a touch of minerality and very well defined cherry and raspberry fruit. Vanilla and a touch of coffee, with tight tannins and a nice orange-zest acidity. Very tangy and well balanced, with a good rounded character. 89/100

The Four Graces Dundee Hills Black Family Estate Pinot Noir 2005
Eight barrels from some of the best little slice of vineyard in the Dundee Hills, planted in 1990 with Dijon clone 777. Very clear black fruit nose with a touch of cherry, and a background of minerality. There's a cherry-skin tension to the fruit here, with that charry background of oak adding a lot of depth. Very fine quality. 91/100

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