The doc­tor rec­om­mends …

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

“Drink two and call me in the morn­ing,” is what Ja­son Lud­low, di­rec­tor of hos­pi­tal­ity and re­tail sales at the Cooper Moun­tain Win­ery in Beaver­ton, Ore., says as he poured a sam­ple of the 2007 pinot noir Doc­tors Re­serve for Out­liers and other vis­i­tors ex­plor­ing the state’s Wil­lamette Val­ley wine coun­try re­cently.

The doc­tor in ques­tion is Cooper Moun­tain pro­pri­etor Robert Gross, a psy­chi­a­trist who is also board-cer­ti­fied in ob­stet­rics and gy­ne­col­ogy and chairs the Amer­i­can Board of Med­i­cal Acupunc­ture. (And he’s one of a num­ber of physi­cians that Out­liers has noted have taken to own­ing vine­yards.) Named af­ter “Dr. Bob,” the wine in ques­tion is said to be the Cooper Moun­tain wine­mak­ers’ per­sonal fa­vorite from their 2007 vin­tage, and 110 cases were pro­duced.

“Cas­sis, cherry, smoke and pine on the nose,” reads the Cooper Moun­tain Web site de­scrip­tion of the wine. “Dark cherry, cedar and earth ex­plode on the palate with a touch of faint mint” for a “bal­anced fin­ish.”

Out­liers doesn’t re­mem­ber any ex­plo­sions, but thought the wine made from or­gan­i­cally grown grapes tasted “good.” We’ll leave it up for oth­ers to de­cide whether it’s worth $45 a bot­tle or $480 a case.

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