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Cristom Sommers Reserve Pinot Noir 2008, Oregon

Pinot noir

The elegance of the Sommers Reserve, named after owner Paul Gerrie's grandmother Jessie Sommers, inspired famed U.S. wine critic Robert Parker to describe it as "Fred Astaire in a bottle (with Ginger Rogers in there, too)." Fermented with wild yeasts and lavished with considerable new oak, this offering from Salem in Oregon's Willamette Valley shows cinnamon-like spice and a dried-foliage character reminiscent of fine, slightly aged Burgundy. Attractive now, it could evolve well for a decade. Available for $48.25 in Quebec.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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