2017 Irvine and Roberts Vineyards Convergence Pinot noir
321 cases produced
Live certified and salmon-safe
It’s named Convergence because the estate vineyard can be found where the two mountain ranges, the Siskiyou and Cascade meet in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. Located at 2100 feet in elevation, the grapevines are planted on a steep, east-facing slope with well-draining sedimentary soil. While the estate is 80 acres, just 23 are planted with grapes, including Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot meunier.
Wild strawberries, sun-ripened blackberries and black cherries swirled out of my glass with my first sniff. More air revealed notes of cigar box, fresh thyme, tilled black soil, and a whiff of chocolate-covered cherries and espresso.
This Pinot spent 17 months in 26% new French oak barrels and had fruity flavors of blackberries, blueberries,black cherry jam, strawberries, and rose petals. A second sip was filled with velvety tannins and flavors of spice box and cherry cola.
Food pairing suggestions:
Pan-seared chicken with garlic, smoked brisket empanadas, tortellini with porcini mushroom sauce.
(The winery is sold out but ask for it at your favorite wine shop as distributors still have stock on hand.)
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