02 Cloudline Cellars, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
If I could stop time for something, I would stop time for this wine. It's fully mature already, and not in that cheap 100%-stainless-steel way. It drinks like great pinot drinks after everything's come together. Despite its "entry level" status, it stands with Oregon's better 2002s. The knockout peppered lamb aroma is like California syrah. The silky, yet aggressive texture, and eternal finish are rarely seen outside of 1er cru Burgundy. The fruit is pure dark cherry backed with dark chocolate, summer truffles, cinnamon, and tarry Bordelais soil--the wine's most impressive quality. This is why people love pinot. This is why people love.