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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