Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thank you, Oregon.

Pinot Noir (pi-no-'nwa)
a red wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines produces predominantly from Pinot Noir grapes. The name iss derived from the French words for "pine" and "black" alluding to the varietals' tightly clustered dark purple pinecone shaped bunches of fruit.
-The Oxford Companion to Wine. Third Edition. 

Dear Oregon, 
You make mighty fine Pinot Noir. 
Love, Sarah

On our way back to a state who's Pinot just doesn't quite compare we stopped at Erath Vineyard for a little tasting tour. Volcanic and oceanic soil mixed with the cool pacific ocean breeze makes for some amazing wine. We tasted 5 pinot noirs and a pinot gris... all very yummy. 

“… Oregon winemakers have wrestled the grape into a wine that is often less flamboyant, less obvious than its California counterpart… a good Oregon pinot, even a light one, can be nuanced and subtle, demanding some thought, even concentration on the drinker’s part.”
The New York Times

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