“It’s hard not to be smitten with the 2013 Il Fauno di Arcanum. This blend of 55% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot is a richandlasting Tuscan red that offers ample power and concentration. There are points of greenness here with crushed peppercorn and wild sage, backed by dark fruit aromas of plum and blackberry. Yet the Merlot component does much to smooth out and enrich the mouthfeel.”
Willamette Valley, Oregon
From Oregon’s Willamette Valley, this approachable Pinot Noir offers flavors of raspberry and cherry. and finishes with notes of chocolate and coffee. The valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good age-ability.
“Ripe and focused, with firm, fine tannins providing structure around a core of licorice-accented blackberry and floral flavors, persisting on the expressive finish. Best from 2018 through 2024.”