Last night, I had a glass of the Wine by Joe 2011 Pinot Noir. Wine by Joe is the second label of the Dobbes Family Estate – with the owner Joe Dobbes also acting as the winemaker. The winery was founded in 2002, and is now one of the larger wineries in Oregon. The winery and tasting room are located in Dundee, Oregon, in the heart of the Willamette Valley.
The winery has an excellent spirit of philanthropy; a portion of the sales of all Wine by Joe wines benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Oregon. Additionally, each quarter, a different employee gets to choose a charity to support. During that quarter, 10% of the proceeds from the sale of that wine are donated to that charity. It is a very neat program.
So, back to the wine. In the glass, the color is fairly dark garnet red for a Pinot Noir; on the nose I picked up aromas of cherry and smoke. Those aromas followed in the flavor, with cherry, light earth and smoke showing on the palate. The tannins were soft – more mellow than is typical for a young Pinot. I really enjoyed it – although this is nothing really complex about the wine, it is a smooth, everyday drinking wine that won’t disappoint.
And considering that it was on sale for $11.69 per bottle at Safeway, my only regret is that I didn’t buy more…
Have you tried any of the Wine by Joe lineup? What are you drinking tonight?