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From the Oregon Pinot Noir Club: The other day I ran across Joe Dobbes (actually, I stopped at his Dundee winery). Joe makes a lot of wine, from his bargain-priced Wine by Joe lineup to his upper-tier Dobbes Family Estates, and he's been around the industry since the second wave, back in the late '80s. "I'm glad you're here," Joe said. "I need you to taste something." I was ushered into the winery office, and presented with two bottles of wine, bagged. It was a blind tasting. "Which one do you like better?" I was asked. Feeling equal to the task, I tasted. The first wine was excellent. Rich, deep and dark, with big flavors, a fine structure, and plenty of length. Certainly a terrific wine by any standards. Then I tasted the second wine. It was rich and opulent, with soaring flavors, exquisite balance, and a beautifully open-knit texture. The length was exquisite. It was the superior wine, and by comparison it made the first wine taste a bit . . . crude. The bags came off. The first wine was 2005 Torii Mor Deux Verres Reserve Pinot Noir. It had just been rated 93 points by The Wine Spectator - a lofty score indeed. The second, far-superior wine was the '05 Dobbes Cuvee Noir. That's what's on offer here today. Given the choice to sell either or both wines, I emphatically choose the Dobbes. The point, Joe says, was to show that his stuff was at least as good as the 93-pointer from Torii Mor. Tasters concluded that Joe's wine was better, obviously. So what makes a 93-point wine? It's hard to say -- but the Dobbes Cuvee Noir clearly deserves a higher score than that, if we use flavor, intensity, balance and purity as any benchmark at all. There were only 277 cases made of the Dobbes Cuvee Noir, and we are the first source in the World to offer the wine. Order soon for delivery by the holidays.
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