bjornsonThis shapely, stylish wine is from one of the newer, up-and-coming artisanal producers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Pattie and Mark Bjornson embody the do-it-yourself spirit, starting their vineyard and winery from scratch and doing most of the work, including designing and building their facility, themselves. The result of all that care and labor is evident in the glass.

Seductive black cherry cosseted by aromas of crushed rock and violets—the nose is pretty as a picture. The satiny mouthfeel is interrupted by a flood of minerality leaving vibrant, prickly sensations on a finish gently kissed by moderate tannins. Cola and cranberry flavors round out this supremely balanced wine.

Aged for 16 months in French barrels, 22% new, the oak is fully integrated and shows no overt wood notes.

A welcoming wine with a hint of flamboyance but with enough complexity and depth to be taken seriously

Natalie Merchant’s iconic video “Wonder” captures well the spirit of this wine.

Score: 91

Price: $26

Alc: 14.2%