21 May Division Winery Tasting on Wednesday
Oregon Wine Tasting
with Division Winemaking Company
Wednesday, May 25
5 to 7pm
At the Bar
Meet Tom Monroe, owner and winemaker of Division Winemaking Co., and someone with a lot of ties to St. Louis! Tom grew up here and still roots for the Cardinals! Nowadays he’s making a series of awesome wines for Division Wine Co. in Oregon, and next Wednesday, he’s coming for a visit! Meet him and taste some of his wines, including a Rosé of Pinot Noir and more!
2015 Division-Villages Chenin Blanc I’isle Verte
On Sale $16.99
From vines planted in the 70’s in the Willard Vineyard in Yakima this is one of the few domestic Chenins with real depth and varietal character. Lovely nose of lanolin, beeswax, caramel, brown butter, white flowers and yellow fruit compote leads into a round, supple, honey like texture, though this has only a touch of actual sweetness, and vibrant flavors of crisp pineapple, baked quince and spice.
2015 Division Rosé of Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
On Sale $21.99
The wine is showing floral and spice nose with savory and wild strawberry aspects. The palate mineral rich, like wet rock, and intense in strawberry and Rainier cherry. The wine is light and crisp and has an intense wild pink salmon color. Out of the gates and drinking very well, but will likely evolve coming months and gain in complexity.
2014 Division Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley
On Sale $27.99
Perhaps our finest Pinot Noir effort yet, this wines has both dense ripe flavors and vibrant freshness and liveliness. Raspberry, cherry and rose petal dominate the aromatics with a core of red fruits accompanied by winter spices, dried herbs and some earthiness on the palate.
2015 Division-Villages Pinot Noir “Method Carbonique”
On Sale $19.99
We picked a little early for vibrancy and to create a more red fruit driven wine for the early release. The native fermentation was completed whole cluster carbonic (hence Methode Carbonique) in a cement cylinder. After pressing, we put the wine back into the cement tank for elevage, meaning there is no oak treatment with this wine. The cement tank allows micro-oxygenation, like oak, but without tannin influence and with a lime/chalky influence from the cement. The wine aromatics are classic carbonic with big red fruit, mostly strawberry and raspberry, with a somewhat light/mid-weight palate that follows with cinnamon and clove that is somewhat sultry and definitely enhanced by the chalkiness of the cement.
2015 Division-Villages “Beton,” Rouge Willamette Valley
On Sale $21.99
Taking its name from the French word for concrete and the vessel it ages in the Beton is a Cheverny like blend of 60% Cabernet Franc from the Quady North vineyard in the Applegate Valley, 25% Gamay and 5% Pinot from the Willamette and 5% Cot (Malbec) from southern Oregon. Lifted aromas of violets, black cherry, fresh herbs and dusty earth, bright flavors of raspberry, cranberry, cherry, and strawberry, a waxy texture, crisp acidity and nuances of leather, black pepper and spice.