May is Oregon Wine Month, so the amazing wines of the state are a natural choice. What is so amazing about so many of the wines from Oregon is their depth, range of styles, and affordability. Todd Hamina is crazy about pinot noir, especially old school types like those made by Claude Dugat in Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertin. Hamina is the winemaker and founder of Biggio Hamina Cellars, and from the start, his wines have been terroir-driven, single-vineyard beauties that express the virtuosity of the prestigious Chehalem Mountain, Dundee Hills, McMinnville, Eola-Amity Hills, and Yamhill-Carlton AVAs in the North Willamette Valley. Todd Hamina is a romantic and this wine, named for his wife Caroline, is his love poem to her. It’s a wine whose sensuous aromas, silky body, and lingering finish capture your heart. Gorgeous pigeon’s blood ruby red color is the overture to heady aromas of dark cherry and hints of violet, while on the palate dark raspberry vies for top billing with the Morello cherry, hints of cinnamon, and gentle tannins. Smooth and keen with acidity, the finish keeps bringing you back to see what other secrets may be revealed. Monsieur Dugat would be impressed.
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