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Credit  Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

Credit  Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

 

Wines of The Times

Recent vintages of Oregon pinot noir have been fascinating. But they may have also been confusing for consumers who would like a one-word association with the notion of Oregon pinot noir.

The 2008s were ripe and powerful. The ’09s were lush and soft, while 2010 was fresh and high-toned. I loved the 2011 vintage. The growing season was long and cool, resulting in wines of great finesse and clarity that ought to age well. Many people have pronounced 2012 a landmark vintage. That may well have been true from the grower’s perspective. It was warmer and drier than 2011, without any of the anxiety over whether the grapes would ripen before the fall rains began. The wines were opulent and fleshy with plenty of soft, dark fruit. They were a perfect counterpoint to the 2011s.