For a new world Pinot Noir, it is worth trying.
Name: Vintage Pinot Noir
Producer: Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyards
Region/Country: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Grape Varietal(s): Pinot Noir
Consumed: At home
Recommended By: Mom, who purchased it while in Oregon
Bottle Presentation: Busy and somewhat overdone. Not sure how the bird links with the name of the wine.
Appearance: Light ruby red, as expected for a wine than 5 years old.
Nose: Fruit forward, cherries and plums.
Taste: To my surprise, the description on the label accurately described this wine (this is a rarity, at least in my experience). The most prominent aromas included cigar box, cedar, and hazelnut. I tasted cherries and blackberries. I paired this wine with roasted chicken and mashed butternut squash with caramelized pears and apples, and the combination proved balanced and complimentary. Mom even approved!
Finish: This is where the label seemed somewhat inaccurate. I would characterize the finish as short, whereas the label described it as long. Nevertheless, I experienced a tinge of cherries and cigar box.
Overall Impression: A good wine that makes me want to discover other Oregon Pinot Noirs.
Value: Unclear (because mom failed to divulge how much she spent on the bottle).