When the wine for tonight’s #winechat on Oregon Wine didn’t show, we didn’t let that stop us.
Instead, we followed Plan B: I went into my cellar and found a bottle of Hawks View Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir and Amy “The Crush” went to good old BevMo and discovered the Erath Winery’s 2012 Pinot Noir on sale for $16.99.
We were in business–the #ORwine business. Which left us with the question of food. Marshall MoneyBags grilled us up a chicken breast with mushrooms, asparagus and basil pesto as well as a chunk of salmon with a simple salt and pepper sand lemon seasoning. We put together an arugula, beet, and goat cheese salad plus we had ham and asparagus, brie and blueberries and a very taosty french bagueette.
Because of its youth, we tasted the Erath first:
COLOR We found it to be a deep fuschia saphire color in the glass with violet on the tim due to its youth.
NOSE is fresh red fruit like strawberries, cranberries and huckleberries, raspberries and some white stone fruit too. On the palate, we found tart cherry, juicy fruit gum, and cocoa nibs on the finish. An easy open Stelvin closure, 13.5%. A very versatile wine, this went with everything that we tried it with. I first met this wine at the Mutineer Magazine kick off party and have been pleased with it every time I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up with it. Amy on the other hand was just looking for a wine from Oregon and this was what she found at her price point. What a surprise–Bev-Mo definitely should offer more wines from Oregon.
Wine number two was Hawks View Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir which I received as a sample after WBC13. I had attended a party there but when I arrived all of their pinto noir was gone so I was delighted to receive this as gift in the mail from April Yenning aka Sacred Drop.
In the glass this wine is a tawny almost coral color partly due to the aging of the wine. This wine is subtle and complex. The nose is fruity without being too musky or earthy. It is rich with a classic strawberry flavor and creamy round palate with a smooth finish. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what we enjoy about this wine but we certainly do enjoy it. Chehalem Mountains in Oregon. On the label it is noted: These grapes were planted in 1991 on the eastern edge of the Chehalem Mountain Range with Eastern Exposure on Laurelwood soils, donal diversity. Tasting notes (also on the label) include flavors of plum, blackberry, carmel which extend to the palate of crushed raspberries, baking spice, and cola. Amy “TC” got the plum and the cola right away but I feel that the cola is more like Dr. Pepper. This wine was very versatile and we recommend it with roasted chicken, pork loin, and more rich flavors.