2016 Montinore Estate Parsons’ Ridge Pinot noir
Certified organic wine made with biodynamic grapes
Montinore estate follows biodynamic practices, which are even more strict than farming organically. The theory behind biodynamics is to create a healthy ecosystem where all plants, animals, and insects thrive. By doing so, the beneficial aspects of the property are more successful, meaning that the flora and fauna are healthy and don’t develop issues that traditional farming might treat with pesticides. The grapevines get healthy nutrients they need for optimum growth, beneficial insects and pollinators flourish, and native raptors keep the rodent and small bird populations in check. All of this and more contributes to a place where nature works as it should.
If you’re looking for an earthy, classic Willamette Valley, terroir-driven Pinot noir, this Parsons’ Ridge is it! You’ll find notes of freshly turned black soil and forest floor… this wine is tasting beautifully right now and I know it will cellar for another decade or so if you want to stash a few bottles away for later.
Abundant red fruit aromas of Bing cherries, cherry jam, and tart cranberries transition into cherry cola, forest floor, white pepper, and black soil.
Cherries and berries, berries and cherries! I tasted black fruit flavors of black cherries and black raspberries, along with red strawberries and sour cherries. Layered with tart cranberries, prickly tannins, earthy notes, and spicy white pepper, this wine shares with the drinker so much of what makes Oregon special.
Food pairing suggestions:
Salmon is a no-brainer but if you’re looking for other suggestions, drink this wine with creamy Tuscan chicken, Pinot noir-marinated pork chops, grilled eggplant with garlic and herbs.
Don’t miss our tasting notes on other Montinore wines:
2018 Montinore Estate L’Orange
2017 Montinore Estate Red Cap Pinot noir
2010 Montinore Estate Müller Thurgau