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Review: R.Stuart & Co. 2010 Big Fire Oregon Pinot Noir


This Oregon Pinot Noir is a real lady, demure and inviting.
Made by a committed, passionate winemaker who has expressed a sense of place.

Tasting Notes:

Color:  Pale, clear ruby.
Nose: Pretty, soft, strawberry and raspberry.
Palate: Delicate strawberry, lively, clean finish.

After 30 minutes the nose was slightly earthy, more concentrated. Fuller in the mouth, medium finish with strawberry and cherry. Best when served gently chilled. This Pinot Noir was a good companion with dinner of slow cooked boneless beef ribs - vinegar marinade.

After an hour it developed a very satisfying finish. It was expressive across a broad palate of red fruit and gentle tannin. Everything an Oregon Pinot Noir should be. Lovely wine. Recommended.

Big Fire = everyday drinking.
ABV 13.1%
Unfined, unfiletered
Closure: Screw cap
SRP: $19
Sample provided by winery

I met winemaker Rob Stuart at his McMinnville, Oregon winery last summer. I was surprised to learn that I enjoyed his wines 20 years ago when he was winemaker for the now defunct Washington winery - Staton Hills. Staton Hills was one of my favorite Washington wineries. It was a taste treat and a trip down memory lane drinking his Oregon wines at home.

Stop by the R. Stuart & Co. wine bar in McMinnville, Oregon and enjoy Rob's Pinot Gris, his Pinot Noirs and his Rosé d’Or sparkling wine; they are all favorites now. He and his lovely wife Maria are wonderful hosts.

R. Stuart & Co.
528 NE Third St.
McMinnville, Oregon
Phone: 866.472.8614
Winery is located in a converted Granary in downtown McMinnville, Oregon.
The Wine Bar is also in downtown McMinnville. Call 503/472-4477 for hours

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