Under $20 from around the world
1 - 2006 Faively Bourgogne 13% $20
Muted nose of dried fruits, chalk, red berries, dry and diluted, with light pale colors, ghost-like, flat and flabby.
2 - 2007 Babich Marlborough 13.5% $15
Intense floral bouquet, minerality on nose with hints of strawberries, cherries, medium tannins, nice mid-palate.
3 - 2007 Schug Sonoma Coast 13.5% $20
Darker tones with vanilla on nose, fruit, fresh cherries, chewing gum, nicely floral, violet finish.
Entry level Oregonians
1 - 2006 - Ponzi Willamette 14.5% $34
A nose of cola with some vegetal notes, stewed fruits and flavors of blueberries, and violets and nicely balanced.
2 - 2006 Johan Willamette 14.5% $30
Floral nose, medium to heavy weight for a PN, ripe cherries, smoke, cola, with balanced finish.
3 - 2006 Stoller SV Dundee Hills 14.3% $40
Earthy barnyard, syrupy deep purple colors with balanced flavors of ripe cherries.
Mid range Californians
1 - 2006 Wild Horse Unbridled Santa Barbara County 14.3% $35
On the nose, cigar smoke, sweat, locker room, and a palate of sweet fruit bomb, pepper, cola and oakey midpalate.
2 - 2005 Alma Rosa La Encantada Vineyard St. Rita Hills 13.5% $45
Aromas of mushrooms, chocolate, cocoa, dried fruits, plums with high acidity, not very balanced.
3 - 2006 Schug Carneros Heritage Reserve 14.5% $40
Perfumed aromas of fresh flowers, cheese, powdered violets, like the candy, with bright flavors, cherries and integrated oak.
Mid range Oregonians
1 - 2006 Fiddlehead Oldsville Reserve Willamette 14.1% $50
High alcohol, white pepper, chalk, wood, medicinal, chemical acetone edge, with bits of cinnamon.
2 - 2006 Benton lane First Class Willamette 14.5% $45
Nose of vanilla, cherry syrup, vegetal and medium tannins.
3 - 2007 Antica Terra Willamette 13.5% $45
Floral bouquet with warmth, herbs, barnyard, and opened wide with a spicy finish.