Coast Range Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton Willamette Valley Oregon
The Coast Range Vineyard is located in the southernmost, western side of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, within Oregon’s Willamette Valley. My first impression of this wine was that it had all the “classic” flavors you want and expect in a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Clearly, it is a wonderful example of Oregon Pinot Noir at its finest!
The vineyard soil is a combination of marine sedimentary and volcanic, perfect for Pinot noir grapes. Influenced by the coastal breezes, the grapes in this area develop thicker skins and heartier tannins, creating wines that are bright with good acidity levels.
Aromas and flavors: Earthy notes of forest floor, mushrooms and sandalwood give way to black cherries and tayberries. Structured tannins, high acidity and hints of brown sugar ensure this Pinot is a winner, whether you drink it now or cellar for another decade.
Food pairing suggestions: Follow the mantra of what grows together, goes together when pairing foods with this wine. Think about what is grown in Oregon! You’ll hit the bullseye with savory dishes that include mushrooms, cherries, salmon or hazelnuts.
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.