11 May Oregon Pinot Noirs
Oregon is becoming world-renowned for its Pinot Noirs, and these three selections are all great wines for learning and enjoying the Oregon style because they represent a good spectrum of what Oregon Pinot can be. A to Z Wineworks did a special bottling for its 2015 vintage called “The Essence of Oregon,” celebrating its 15th vintage of production. The wine is on the lighter side. Evesham Wood is a perennial favorite of ours, now owned by the fine folks behind our beloved Haden Fig label. It’s somewhere in the middle in terms of body. And the McKinlay represents the fuller, richer side of the spectrum.
2015 A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir “The Essence of Oregon,” Oregon
On Sale $19.99
Lightly prickly tannins surround a sleek, supple core of raspberry, cherry and floral flavors. A hint of savory spice adds to the gentle finish. Best from 2018 through 2022.
91 Points, The Wine Spectator
2015 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
On Sale $18.99
Although the Willamette Valley bottling is our least expensive and largest production bottling we put just as much of ourselves into it as our top cuvées. Vineyards such as Illahe and Mahonia who Evesham Wood has been working with for decades make up the bulk of the blend along with Jubilee and Sojourner, two vineyards in the Eola Amity Hills we’ve had the recent pleasure to start working with. Those grapes are fermented in small lots and punched down twice a day. This vintage of the WV blend shows a bright nose with cherry, earthy mushroom and a slight creamy/silkiness that’s balanced by juicy acid. Showing well now, watch this wine evolve over the next 3 months to 5 years.
2015 McKinlay Vineyards Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
On Sale $16.99
This bright Pinot Noir is on the fuller side of the Oregon Pinot spectrum, offering notes of currant and cherry and a finish of spice and a hint of smoke. The balance of acid on the finish makes it great for pairing with a variety of cuisines including soft and semi-soft cheeses.