Friday Tasting: National Pinot Noir Day! – 8/18/17

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This Friday is National Pinot Noir Day! As if we needed another excuse to go crazy over this influential grape varietal.

Lumos 2015 “Rudolfo” Logsdon Ridge Vineyard Pinot Gris: We had to throw in another member of the Pinot family! Lumos Wine Company is located in Philomath, Oregon, in the mid Willamette Valley. Dai Crisp has been growing grapes organically in the Willamette Valley for over 25 years, and Lumos’s winemaker, Julia Cattrall, is influenced by his minimal intervention in the vineyard. The wines are fermented using only native yeasts. The 2015 Rudolfo Pinot Gris consists of certified organic fruit grown on Logsdon Ridge Vineyard, a relatively warm site, close to the valley floor. It was vinified in stainless steel to preserve all the crispness we want in a Pinot Gris. The wine offers notes of ripe lime, pineapple, and lemon verbena, balanced with refreshing minerality. Pairs nicely with Dover sole in a brown butter sauce.

Domaine Faiveley 2015 Mercurey: Domaine Faiveley is located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, between the famed Dijon and Beaune. Pierre Faiveley founded the family’s wine business in 1825. This 2015 Pinot Noir from the Mercurey appellation (named by the Romans for their god of trade, and now the largest appellation in Burgundy) is dark ruby in color, with a nose that opens with fresh red fruit and spices, followed round fleshiness before revealing its fine, silky tannins. Most of the vines were planted in 1962. Pair with cold meats or roast duck.

Tantara 2011 La Colline Vineyard Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley: La Colline Vineyard, located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, is a north-facing slope, on the side of a dormant volcano. The vineyard was planted in (own-rooted) Martini clone Pinot Noir in 1981, originally for the purpose of making sparkling wine. Today, Tantara sources fruit from here to make fully red Pinot Noir. The interesting terroir, a mix of limestone, clay, fossil, and black volcanic rocks, influences the overall profile of this wine. Aromas of deep purple fruits, marjoram, and clove, with a ponderous palate with notes of loam, tart cherry, and cardamom spice. Pair with roast leg of lamb.

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