One of the great things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the proximity to the Washington State and Oregon Wine Country. Throughout the years, we have tasted many great wines and had the good fortune of meeting many local winemakers. This bottle of WishWilling Pinot Noir, 2005, was given to us by winemaker Gary Bunker. The Pinot Noir grapes were picked from 30 year old vines on the south-facing slopes of the Murto Vineyard near Dundee, Oregon. This is a lovely wine with a dark ruby color, nice clarity, but nearly opaque. On the nose are fresh aromas of sweet strawberry compote, plums, cinnamon and flint. This is a medium bodied wine with a seductively smooth texture packed with cherry, raspberry and plum all wrapped up with a cloak of leather, black pepper and orange rind. There is a lovely balance of fruit, earth and spice along with gentle tannins and acidity that contribute to a long and persistent finish. This is an elegant Pinot Noir that is a true delight. Thank you for the lovely wine!