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2009 Amity Crannell Pinot Noir Willamette Valley OR 13.5% $33

Super intense nose of quinine, chalk and pine. The nose does calm down revealing some red fruit, but I would have a hard time getting past this nose. Rather lean and attenuated on entry, this rounds out somewhat, showing some nice ripe fruit. A touch of orange shows over spiced red cherries, but there is a rawness and astringency here that is accentuated by the chalky mintiness. The finish is dry and raw as well. This might just be going through a phase. The texture is rather appealing, if austere, but I am concerned by the inherent greenness and astringency I am finding here. Finish does develop a bit of sweetness, helping to buffer the astringency. 85pts

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