In my book, Angela Estate wines never fail to deliver! With a tasting room located rather conveniently on Hwy 99W in Dundee, it’s easy to drop in and taste their entire lineup– and I suggest that you do.
The 2013 vintage in the Willamette Valley was one not many Oregon winemakers are likely to forgot. As harvest approached, the remnants of a typhoon hit our shores and literally dumped inches of rain on the state. There are all kinds of arguments on whether the grapes harvested pre-rain or post-rain made better wine. But I’m not here to make judgements other than to say that I think the vintage seems to be coming into its own after a tad more time in the bottle.
The 2013 Angela Estate Pinot noir can best be described as vivacious. With aromas of Willamette Valley forest floor and cherry cola, this wine really becomes a party once sipped. I loved the acidity in this wine. I tasted tart cranberries and red cherries, along with earthy notes of pencil lead, followed by a chocolate mocha finish.
Truly bright and lively, pair this acid-driven Pinot with a wild mushroom frittata, crisp roast duck or tuna casserole complete with potato chips on top.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.