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.
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.
I recently moved to a new house in Portland out on the East side with two strangers from Craigslist. To celebrate and get to know each other, I opened a trio of some of my favorite wines by Kramer Vineyards. Like my new roommates, each of the wines brought a new flavor and flare to the palate and to the flat.
Starting with Kramer’s 2010 Brut Sparkling Wine, we enjoyed the tart citrus fizz and fruity flavors of this 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir blend. Welcoming notes filled and prepped our palates as we settled in, already more comfortable with each others’ company.
Next we popped the cork on Kramer's 2009 Pinot Gris. Chill and mellow, this white wine was personality-perfect for one of my new roomies. Featuring food friendly notes, the Pinot Gris was round with a balanced acidity from its 9 months of aging in neutral oak.
Finally to finish the night, we opened Kramer’s 2010 Heritage Pinot Noir. My beard-clad, beer brewing roommate adored this wine. Swirling and sniffing like it was his favorite brew – and matched with earthy dark fruit flavors, it was an easy glass for him.
Celebrating 30 years in Oregon Wine, Kramer Vineyards knows how to bottle high quality wines that are unwavering each year yet allows each new vintage to show off its personality. And after moving more than once a year, I made sure to cheers with their wines in hope that some of that trusted longevity will rub off on my new home.
Crisp, bright and cool, this Oregon white has it going on in all the right places.
R. Stuart’s Bigfire Pinot Gris with its juicy fruit flavors – pear, apple and a little liche – welcomes in spring for your palate like sunshine and showers for the daffodils. Easy to drink and refreshing, this white wine finds perfect balance between acidity and sweetness and leaves the mouth curious for its evolving layers.
R. Stuart is located in Mcminnville about an hour southwest of Portland. Stop by their urban tasting bar to sample this wine this season and then make sure to pick up a few bottles for those upcoming hot summer days.
Rich in color but with a light mouth feel, this Pinot Noir is inspiration on the palate.
If you have writers block, pick up a bottle of R. Stuart’s Vignette Pinot Noir. With its signature calligraphy label, the Pinot Noir will leave your mind raving with its silky body and notes of soft earth, chocolate and dark cherries. Finding equilibrium, the wine paints a big picture in your mouth without being overly complicated or heavy.