2009 O’Reilly’s Pinot Noir, Oregon

The Rib and I purchased this wine during a Saturday of tasting at local wine shops with a friend in early February.  I decanted the O’Reilly’s Pinot for three hours before pouring.

On the nose, I got some mixed berry notes and a good bit of oak.  The mixed berry carried through to the palate along with some spice, which mostly presented as pepper.  I found the fruit to be a bit syrupy.  Heavy cream dominated the finish.  This light-bodied Pinot Noir was a little overpowered by the oak.

Overall, the O’Reilly’s Pinot Noir was decent enough, but didn’t blow me away.  I have another bottle that I’ll hold on to for a while or open with some grilled burgers later this spring or summer—this is not a bottle that I will target for any special occasion or pairing.  This wine may get better with some time in the bottle, but I’m not holding my breath.  There are definitely better Pinot Noirs from Oregon available at this price point ($15-$20).

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