A layered wine featuring both fruit and earth tones.
After coupon cutting, fighting for parking spots and rushing around from store to store on Black Friday, I came home put up my feet and relax with a glass of Amity Vineyards 2007 Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir. While it opened a little tight, the wine after 20 minutes started to reveal its many layers. The dark maroon wine started with aromas of blue fruit, raspberry and licorice. On the palate, it sipped with notes of raspberry and plum then transitioned to light earth, sauteed mushrooms and a finish of sweet cinnamon. With medium-low acidity, this Amity Vineyard’s Pinot Noir drank silky smooth and helped to ease away the rough edges of the day.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, I popped open a bottle of Pinot Noir apply named “Gratitude.” And this year I have more to be thankful for than just great wine! Beside my family and friends, I am very thankful to R. Stuart Wine Company this year for helping me to create this almost one of a kind (it’s 1 or 12) bottle of Oregon wine!
Last summer, I attended the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland and after the event, R. Stuart and Wine Co invited a handful of bloggers out to their McMinnville winery to blend our own bottles of Pinot Noir. And oh my, was it fun! Read my blog post “Blending Wine at R. Stuart & Co. Winery” to learn more about the experience.
After a year and a half, I finally worked up the nerve to open a bottle of the Pinot and, man, am I grateful that it also turned out awesome!
The aroma sparkles with notes of raspberries, black cherries and a touch of earthy spice and leads into a light bodied, fruit forward pinot with bright acidity. Finishing with touch of cola, the wine lingers on the palate without weighing it down and opens the door for fantastic food pairings. Good thing I have a second bottle!
Thanks to the folks at R. Stuart for hosting a great event and making my team’s dream bottle of “Gratitude” come to life!
What are you thankful for this year? What bottle of wine are you going to celebrate with?
Deep in color and rich in flavor, this pinot is as friendly as it gets.
A blend of five vineyard sites around the Willamette Valley, the 2011 Fox Farm Vineyard Pinot Noir showcases the best flavors of the valley throughout the palate – even though its still a young wine! Robust yet delicate, the wine features notes of dark cherry and plum plus a lovely touch of spice. The aroma teases the nose with a boutique of mocha and dry flowers.
Visit Fox Farm Vineyards in downtown Newberg daily from noon – 8pm and hang out for awhile. David the owner is almost always in the tasting room and no stop is complete without hearing all his great stories!
A young Pinot Noir with full fruit flavor and no fuss.
Featuring notes of strawberry and raspberry backed by earth tones and a touch of fig, Division Winemaking Company’s 2012 Pinot Noir “Quatre” shows off layers from its 75% whole cluster fermentation. With only 40 cases of this wine, I highly recommend picking up a bottle for a special night. It even tastes better via candlelight at St. Jacks.
An urban winery with a clear focus on quality Oregon wine, Division, based in SE Portland, crafts Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Gamay for city slickers and neighborhood hipsters alike. Try their wines at the SE Wine Collective.
If you missed Lenne’s last dirty event, you are in luck. They are at it again. Come out to Lenne Estate and discover why they say “soil is everything!”
Enjoy a blind tasting of eight high-end Oregon Pinot Noirs and learn how terroir, the soul and the essence of the wine, influences its flavor profile. The event will showcase four wines from the Dundee Hills and four from Yamhill-Carlton. Sample each and learn how volcanic soil differs from sedimentary soil.
With the big din coming up quick, it’s time to get your table (and wine list) set. So as you are preparing your grocery list, cleaning the fire place and shopping for a new table cloth, add these simple crafts to the line up to make the day delightfully crafty!
Wines for the real world, Union Wine Co invites you to sip, savor or even throw a soiree with their delectable pours.
Crafted from some of the oldest Riesling vineyards in Oregon (1968), the Kings Ridge Riesling by Union Wine Company lets loose with flavors of apple, stone fruit and a flinty finish. Without being overly nostalgic to its old vine grapes, the wine remains fresh, clean and lively.
A blend from vineyards in both the Willamette and Umpqua Valleys, the Underwood Pinot noir is a great Monday night wine. Pick up a bottle, bring it to the Potluck, or savor it to yourself. Any way you drink it, it will fit like a skinny pair of jeans. Featuring notes of subtle blue and red fruit, this Pinot noir is light and bouncy on the palate.
Union Wine Company’s goal is to make Oregon wines that are affordable and delicious and so far from what I’ve tasted they are right on the money. With three separate labels, Underwood, Kings Ridge and Alchemist, this winery has something for everyone’s taste buds.
I still have four more of their wines to try, so stay tuned!
Pink is the new black in Oregon and Illahe’s Rose is the hippest of them all!
A pale salmon pink, Illahe’s Rosé of Tempranillo features aromas of cherries followed by equally as delicious notes of strawberry, dry flowers and spice on the palate. Balancing the delicate flavors, the wine pinched the cheeks with nice citrus on the finish and tantalizing acidity.
Illahe Vineyards (pronounced Ill-Uh-Hee) is located in Dallas, Oregon and open Thursday to Saturday, 11am-4pm or by appointment.
This saturday, August 24 from 10:30 – noon, enjoy a comparative tasting of wines produced from two different soil types and locations. It’s a head-to-head battle that will be oh-so-palate-pleasing. Enjoy samples of four wines from the volcanic, Dundee Hills and four wines from the sedimentary, Yamhill-Carlton district and learn how these soils play into each wines’ flavor profile.
This crisp, citrusy white wine is an instant summer classic!
If you closed your eyes and breathed in the aromas of Youngberg‘s Pinot Blanc, you’d think you were waking up on a lake shore with the wind softy blowing at sunrise. It’s aromatic notes of grapefruit, grass and petrol swift through leaving only summer lingering on the mind like the warm of the sun. Then it’s flavor profile takes your palate there. With full-bodied flavors of stone-fruit, citrus and heady minerality, the wine envelops the mouth. And the finish lingers briefly before slowing falling off with hints of tropical fruits.
Fermented in 50% neutral oak and 50% stainless steel, this Pinot Blanc also shows off the best of both worlds. The mouthfeel is silky with touches of vanilla from the oak yet still retains the fresh fruit flavors of the grape variety thanks to the stainless steel. With just enough acidity and alcohol, the wine’s finish (especially the first few, cold sips) leaves the mouth with a nice zing!