2009 Sass Winery Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Popped and poured this Pinot Noir.  On the nose, I got a little spice and pepper.  There was some decent cream on there, as well, and the fruit displayed as all cherry.

On the palate, black cherry fruit came through nicely and was complimented by some nice cream, mild spice, and subtle oak.  This was a lighter-bodied wine with a fairly short, but pleasant, finish.

We paired this wine with grilled chicken.  The acid on the Sass wasn’t quite big enough to hold up to anything super-savory, but it worked well with your basic foul off the grill.  I would recommend it with lighter meats and sauces or a favorite cheese.

While the Sass doesn’t represent the best Willamette has to offer, it’s a nice little wine for under $20.  I picked this bottle up for $18 and was neither “wowed” nor disappointed.  If you like Pinot Noir and see a bottle on the shelf of your local wine shop, give it a go if nothing else is striking your fancy.

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