Style: Medium, Smooth
Flavors: Cherry, Plum, Spice
Lot 565 hails from just north of the CA/OR border in the Rogue River Valley. It's smack-dab in between San Francisco and Portland and, as with all good coastal regions good for growing Pinot Noir, has a mountain range between it and the ocean but with an accessible airway to let the cool ocean fogs roll in at night and provide nature's air-conditioning during the day. In this case, the Rogue River drainage at the western edge of the Rogue River appellation (known as the Illinois Valley) provides not just cool air ingress, but the well-drained soil structures necessary for lovely Pinot Noir.
Rogue River Valley is a rising star in the wine industry; compare at $30-$40 under the original label.