Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pre-Vacay Pinot

There's really no better way to get ready for vacation than to enjoy some good wine.  And that's precisely what we did the night before our big trip to Vegas.  Purple Mom and Purple Dad graciously offered to watch Purple Daughter and Purple Son for the weekend.  As we settled the kids in for their stay, we took a moment to enjoy another great Oregon pinot - Winter's Hill Reserve Pinot Noir 2005.

If you visit the Oregon Wine Country in the future, you would be missing out if you skipped Winter's Hill Vineyards. Located in the heart of Dundee Hills, Winter's Hill is neighbors with other prestigious vineyards such as Domaine Serene.  Dundee Hills, located about 30 miles southwest of Portland, OR, was the first region in the state to be planted with Pinot Noir grapes.  It is further inland than other growing regions which provide the grapes some respite from the Pacific Ocean's rain and wind.  The result? - warmer nights with less frost and Pinot Noir grapes love it!!

On past trips to Oregon Wine country, we've been lucky enough to meet Delphine, the winemaker, and her husband Russell.  Besides making great wines, they are also likeable and genuine people, which makes for a truly enjoyable visit.  Their location is beautiful and the rolling hills of the vineyard make for a pretty spectacular photo backdrop.  Now to the Reserve...

Winter's Hill Reserve delivers on Oregon's promise for the perfect Pinot.  The nose smells of spice and cherries and the color rich and ruby. I was overly anxious and took a sip too quick after opening the bottle.  Don't make that mistake as this wine this early in its life needs a bit to open up. After it does though, it is all cherries and raspberries with a long and smooth finish.  Pairing notes online suggest partnering it with chili con carne.... I personally think this wine stands best on its own.

Thanks Purple Mom and Dad for sharing this fabulous find from the Willamette Valley.  A perfect kickoff to a great vacation.  Up next... adventures in Vegas.


Debi Austen said...

We opened another bottle the following night and shared it with Purple Granddaughter and Purple Grandson ;-)

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