Cameron ‘Abbey Ridge’ Pinot Noir 2006

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IMG_3656Cameron is a highly sought after producer from Oregon who is primarily allocated. Luckily, in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint, Cameron decided to nix their east coast shipments and find other buyers on the west coast. Marquis Wine Cellars managed to pick up some of these wines and bring them in to the Vancouver market.

I must caveat all Oregon pinot reviews by noting that I rarely love Oregon pinot noir. There are examples that I do think are fantastic, such as Drouhin’s Laurene, but I personally find many of the Oregon pinots to be too ripe, extracted and alcoholic for my tastes. I much prefer the Burgundian style with more earth and minerals.

That said, I did enjoy this wine, although I did not love it, and certainly not for the price tag. I do believe others, however, who like the big bold style of pinot will find considerable enjoyment in this bottle. The nose here was amazingly fruity with lots of indian spice such as cloves and tons of cherry and a bit of toast. There is an earthy/leafy element to the nose that is quite pleasant, but this does not mean the wine isn’t very rich.

The palate is very rich and ripe, with chocolate, cherry, and some underbrush and herbs. There is tons of fruit, although I still found this to be refined and not completely dominated by sweet fruit. The finish is actually somewhat sinewy as well with herbal and spice notes. In the end, this is made in a very new world style, but is also a well made wine. It’s just not my style, at least for the price.

Very Good to Very Good+
$70 at Marquis


  1. Tom Humes
    October 27, 2009

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    Tom Humes

  2. Shea
    October 27, 2009


  3. Joon S.
    November 5, 2009

    Hey Shea,

    That’s interesting–if you find Oregonian pinots too big and overextracted, what do you feel about Californian pinots? =)

    Joon S.

  4. Shea
    November 5, 2009

    Lots are the same – but I think Santa Maria Valley pinots are quite good.

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