The 2008 vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir was possibly the vintage of the decade. “Superb,” ” terrific,” and “epic” were terms used regularly in practically every major wine review. Sadly, most of these wines have long ago sold out, but this is a wonderful opportunity to taste some of the new 2010 Oregon Pinot’s that are rolling in.
Due in part to a much cooler spring and early summer, 2010 led to substantially lower grape yields. This lower yield did provide very high quality fruit with lots of concentrated flavors and polished acidity creating wines that are elegant, balanced, and naturally food friendly. Here are a few of my recent favorites.
2010 Anam Cara ‘Nicholas Estate’ Pinot Noir ($28.99): The fruit is grown in the Chehalem Mountains, high atop the Willamette Valley .This flagship wine incorporates fruit from all five blocks of the estate vineyard and contains intense aromas of red berries, spice, and subtle oak. A finesse driven wine with soft tannins.
2010 Archery Summit ‘Premier Cuvee’ Pinot Noir ($39.99): 100% of the Pinot Noir grapes were sourced from 5 estate hillside vineyards crafting a wine that is elegant, yet complex. A floral bouquet of violets and roses and a tasty core of raspberries, cherries, and a touch of spice.
2010 Eyrie ‘Dundee Hill’ Pinot Noir ($32.99): The Eyrie vineyard and winery were founded in 1966 by David and Diana Lett, and they were the first to plant Pinot Noir vines in the Willamette Valley. Rooted by their philosophy that the vineyards and wines should have as little human interference as possible, the results are wines that can often rival some of the best French Burgundies.
2010 Trisaetum ‘Coast Range’ Pinot Noir ($52.99): Located on the Southwest corner of the Yamill-Carlton AVA, this wine expresses a slightly richer style for an Oregon Pinot Noir. Black cherry and blackberries are the core of this wine while being framed by soft licorice flavors and spices $52.99. 2010 Trisaetum ‘Ribbon Ridge’ Pinot Noir ($52.99): Stylistically different from the ‘Coast Range’ as this wine’s aromas are dominated by more holiday spice and tea components along with soft blueberry and cherry flavors.
Will S., Beltramo’s Assistant Manager