I love a good surprise and that's what I got when I took the foil off of a bottle of Autograph Pinot Noir by R. Stuart ($40). The surprise? There wasn't a cork, but a glass wine stopper instead.
Glass stoppers or Vino-lok closures are another clever alternative to the sometimes unreliable and expensive cork, and much more classy looking than a screw cap.
This wine smells really herbal. It tastes a little "green" too, with smokey tannins on the finish. The more time it spends in the glass, the more it rounds out with delicious flavors including black cherry.
The Pinot Noir grapes in this wine come from several different areas in Oregon; Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills, Eola HIlls and McMinnville. It is one of the bottles I've featured in
"New Wine For the New Year" currently published in all four TOTI Media magazines.