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Pale dusty rose color, with good color concentration out to the edges. Upon opening, this had a very strong barnyard scent. My wife took one whif and declared, "this stinks!" I begged to differ. Regardless, the nose really hit it's stride at about 2 hours and is still going stong at 3+ hours. The barnyard has blown off and a hint of sweet red cherries are combining with wet mushrooms and a touch of spice. This has an almost velvety texture that feels like it is coating your mouth as you drink it. A slightly tart kick at the back gives way to a 20+ second finish. This is a very enjoyable example of aged Oregon Pinot.
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Originally posted by Ampuis:
For sure Joe, sorry we couldn't do the Dallas Vs seattle tasting (but still time I spose).
This Cameron from a rough vintage has always had an appeal and has a wee bit in common with J Thomas bottlings of the era.

No problem on that tasting Ampuis. That just gives me 6 more bottles of aged Oregon Pinot I can drink this year. Big Grin
1996 Cameron Pinot Noir Clos Electrique - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (7/6/2008)

Tasted July 6, 2008

Opened and served immediately. Garnet color in the glass, dusty looking. Earthy nose of peet with some added notes of leather and mixed berries. Flavors of orange peel up front followed by some nice yet delicate berries. Medium acidity, fully integrated tannins, medium body. Drink now.

I know that IWC rated this wine only 87 points and that in general 1996 was considered an average at best vintage for this region but man I really dug this wine. (92 pts.)

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