Rating 87+

No. 54

Lemelson Vineyards
2007 Pinot Noir
‘Stermer Vineyard’
Yamhill-Carlton
$48, 4–6 years

Concentrated plum flavors, found in all Lemelson wines.

No. 55

Valley View Winery
Anna Maria 2006 Cabernet Franc
‘Shady Cove Vineyard’
Rogue Valley
$30, 4–8 years

Supple tannins and a pleasant, mild, grassy scent typical of cabernet franc.

No. 56

Apolloni Vineyards
2006 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
$29, 2–4 years

Fresh fruit flavors, with the scent of oak barrels.

No. 57

Twelve Wine
2006 Pinot Noir
‘144’
Yamhill-Carlton
$35, 4–6 years

A place-in-the-glass wine, expressive of its origin, with dark-cherry fruit flavors.

No. 58

Alloro Vineyard
2007 Pinot Noir
‘Estate’
Willamette Valley
$28, 4–6 years

Expressive of typical pinot noir flavors and scents, with good intensity.

No. 59

MonksGate Vineyard
2006 Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley
$29, 3–5 years

Lingering raspberry flavors rich enough to handle elevated alcohol. Great value, too.