A Case for Willamette Pinot Noir - Pinot In the City
Do you know Oregon Pinot Noir? You should. Especially when it’s from the Willamette Valley, where some of the country’s most intriguing expressions of Pinot Noir. In a quick snapshot, the region is home to more than 530 wineries 60 of which are heading to Dallas and Austin on January 24th and 26th to offer a taste of the region that was recently named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The event, Pinot in the City will offer a special preview tasting of Willamette Valley wines that is open to the public with a VIP tasting at 5pm and a General Admission tasting at 6pm in each city on the respective dates. Check out http://willamettewines.com/event/pinot-in-the-city/ for more information.
As a teaser to the upcoming visit, I’m making a case for Willamette Pinot Noir with 12 days of Pinot Noir leading up to the big event. (Thanks to the Willamette Valley Wines) Each day, I’ll offer a few notes on a Pinot Noir from a different producer—all of whom will be in attendance to share their wines at Pinot In the City.
Day 1: Argyle Winery - 2014 Nuthouse Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir, $50
Grown in a subregion of Willamette Valley, Eola-Amity Hills, this wine is a blend of grapes planted at both a low elevation and a higher elevation, the result of which is a balance of bright acidity and rich, low tones. Aromas of ripe cherry and summer strawberry are framed by a subtle smokiness that leads to an elegant palate with ripe-yet-restrained fruit, fine tannin and a touch of pepper on the finish. A perfect companion to grilled pork tenderloin with raspberry-chipotle chutney.
Average Brix at Harvest: 24.0
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Barrel Aging: 16 months in 40% New French Oak
Cases Produced: 975
Winemaker: Nate Klostermann