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Pinot noir: The healthy red?

In his hunt for healthy wine options, Ray Isle of Food & Wine sought out the best pinot noirs from Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Resveratrol, the “powerful antioxidant” found in red wine, is known to prolong cell life and at least in theory “helps prevent cancer,” said Ray Isle in Food & Wine. While “scientists are fairly certain that the amount of resveratrol in a single glass of wine doesn’t help much,” one can never be too careful. In my hunt for healthy wine options, I sought out the best pinot noirs from Oregon’s Willam­ette Valley. Why Oregon? Pinot noir from a cool climate is “particularly high in resveratrol.”

2008 Lemelson Vineyards Six Vineyards ($20). This “balanced red” is made from the harvest of vineyards throughout Willamette Valley.

2009 Argyle Willamette Valley ($25). A classic Willamette Valley pinot noir—with flavors of “black cherry” and “a touch of earth.”

2008 Stoller JV Estate ($25). This “crisp red comes from the newest vines at Stoller”—hence its JV, or “jeunes vignes,” label.

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