2012 Montinore Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

"One of the tricks of finding good-value wines is to search lesser known appellations. Yet year after year Montinore Estate manages to issue a Willamette Valley pinot noir that is not only affordable but captivating. The 2012 is light, balanced and deliciously inviting, with bright cherry fruit. It’s not a blockbuster, and doesn’t pretend to be profound. It’s simply just right." -Eric Asimov NY Times 5/19/2014 [+]