Bright cherry red, this Pinot was so pretty in the glass but the beauty didn’t end with the color! It’s no secret that the Winerabblers are fond of Anne Hubatch’s wines, finding them to be very feminine and almost delicate in nature. And year after year, she improves her craft, delivering wines that exceed our expectations.
Considering the 2014 growing season in the Willamette Valley was pretty warm, resulting in bigger, bolder Pinots, Anne was able to wrangle hers back into a more restrained wine. While Oregon wine lovers will find a distinctively “warm vintage” lush mouthfeel, this wine has more nuances than most 2014 Pinot noirs.
With aromas of red fruits, including raspberries, red cherries and rosehips, we also smelled whiffs of forest floor and cedar in our glasses. When we sipped, we detected a soft grittiness (much like the moxie grit exhibited by winemaker herself) and tasted those same red fruits we had smelled, along with bay leaves and chocolate. That warm weather lushness enveloped our entire mouths, then dissipated into a long, narrow finish.
We think this Pinot would drink beautifully with a pork tenderloin covered in a cherry-thyme sauce, grilled teriyaki tofu or pizza topped with locally harvested mushrooms.