Portland Monthly Oct. 2019

Best Oregon Pinot Noirs under $40

SUZOR 2015 THE TOWER PINOT NOIR, YAMHILL-CARLTON DISTRICT This bottling from rising-star winemaker Greg McClellan offers a silky texture, great density, with notes of dark, ripe plums, sweet baking spices, salted caramel, and crushed leaves. I love the vineyard sourcing: one-third bright, elegant Menefee Vineyard, two-thirds dark, sinister fruit, all muscle and tension, from Fennwood Vineyard.