Sunday, October 14, 2012

Oregon, Willamette Valley (part 1)

This was my 2nd time visiting this wine region and I must say it proved to be a fantastic trip!  Thanks to all the wineries and vineyards who opened their doors to tastings, education and most of all your friendship.  Pinot Noir is the hero to this area and after this visit; I've found an even better understanding for a great Pinot.

I spent 2 days mostly traveling near the towns of Dundee, Newburg and Carlton.  There are obviously many other wineries to visit in this region and I hope to do so in the near future.

So without making this posting too lengthy, Im dividing it into 2 parts.  Look for the next posting in the coming days.  Here are some of my favorite wines tasted during the first part of my visit.

Anne Amie Vineyards: (picture with Andy, Assist. Winemaker)

These are great people and my 2nd visit here was a nice reunion.  Look for their upcoming Pinot Noir Rose sparkling, which began crush the day I was visiting.

- Annahala Vineyard Pinot Noir '09   Only made this year and WOW is it amazing. Subtle, smooth with berry fruits and soft toasted wood on the finish. Thomas the wine maker has a great story for this one. Ask him.
- "Prisme" Pinot Noir Blanc '09  Refreshing balance of fruit and subtle citrus. Great white wine for seafood.
- Cuvée A '10  A great Pinot Noir that you can find widely distributed.

Stoller Vineyards:   (picture of new tasting room)

With a new, fully sustainable tasting room and beautiful views, this is a must visit.

- Turkey Hill Red, NV  A nice blend of Tempranillo, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Very interesting to find this here and they've done a nice job on this wine.
- Reserve Chardonnay, Dundee Hills '10  Perfect balance between fruit & subtle oak.

De Ponte Cellars:

- Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 09  Dark cherry and nutty aromas.  Silky, smooth with soft tannins.
- D.F.B. Melon de Bourgogne 11  A refreshing white wine with floral and citrus hints.  Crisp apple and pear flavors could pair this well with seafood and salads.

Check back in a day or so for the remaining wineries I had the pleasure of visiting. 

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