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Wine Review: Wine By Joe | Pinot Noir 
Jun. 9, 2010 3:40 pm 
Updated: Jun. 10, 2010 11:29 am
{name} 2005 Wine By Joe | Really Good Pinot Noir
{purchased from} Columbia Tower Club, Wine Tasting Event
{tasting notes} Listen to the fine and enticing “snap-crack” of the seal as you twist it off. Put the Band-Aids back in the medicine cabinet…this ain’t no cork sealed wine. This wine slips into your mouth with gorgeous rich blackberry aromas with a touch of leather, too. The flavors mirror the aromas with a soft and velvety mouth feel which wraps around your tongue delivering and the impression of sweetness from the soft ripe tannins. I know what you are thinking…How can Joe deliver such a good Oregon Pinot Noir for the money you are asking!!?? Yes, I know, you want to drink more…

{she said} This wasn’t a bottle I had originally purchased; it came as a substitute for something else in my order. Although it has a fun label (we all know, I LOVE fun labels), I was hesitant to drink it because the label was a bit too fun…or simple, couldn’t really make up my mind. We paired this with chicken and quinoa and it was actually pretty good-we did end up drinking the whole bottle over dinner. I’m still in the process of learning how to “taste” blackberries, cherries, dirt, etc, etc in wines so you’ll have to bear with me through the wine reviews for a while. End result: loved the wine, no longer sketched out by the label, and I will buy this again if I see it.
{her rating} 4: loved it | as I said above, I’ll buy this again and be sure it’s one of the first to be opened at my next cocktail party/girls night out/date night.
{he said} This wine was definitely unassuming – the label was plain and the name of the wine isn't all that creative. This was not a wine we decanted, or had to use the Vinturi on. With the first sip, I would have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. We were eating a lighter meal and got lucky in opening up this Pinot.
{his rating} 4 (in agreement) – only because this wasn't at the level of the bottle of Sequel we had, but also not a backup plan. 
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Jun. 9, 2010 4:45 pm
Wow! That totally cracked me up. I'll tell you why....I happen to know 'Joe'. And that is his real name. He used to be my neighbor once upon a time and his ex-wife and I are friends. His name is Joe Dobbs and he's the head winemaker at one of Oregons premier winerys. Willamette Valley Winery. This is his personal label for his own wine, but if I'm not mistaken, he bottles it from WVV. Which just so happens to be about 2 miles away. I agree with you. It is a good wine.
Jun. 9, 2010 10:45 pm
The label looks as if it might be one notch below the infamous Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joes :) One of my favorite wines is right up there in your neck of the woods, Jen. Andrew Will. His vineyard is located on Vashon Island and my husband loves his Merlot's although they have been absent for many years but making a comeback. Try the 2007 Annie Camarda Syrah. When they described it as having a smokey note with hints of bacon fat.. I was like, "Oh yeah.. give me some of that!" It really is a nice one and I think will do very well. It was just released in Feb or just this year if I'm not mistaken. I lived in Oregon's Willamette Valley for 20 years.. right in the heart of wine country. It's so nice to see these Pinots get their just due. I was in South Africa two years ago and saw an Oregon Pinot at the restaurant in Cape Town.. I just laughed. Kind of made me well up with pride! :)
Jun. 10, 2010 11:29 am
@Avon - that is so funny you know him! @BellesAZ - I'll have to check out Andrew Will. I've heard of it but have yet to try it.
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