Oregon Wine Club – April 2009

2007 Broadley Vineyards, Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir
Rarely have we seen such a perfect match of name and wine! Broadley’s Sunny Mountain Pinot Noir is truly sunny: bright and cheerful from first sip to last gulp. The Broadley family has been quietly making wine in Monroe since 1982, and they are up to about 5,000 cases per year of mostly Pinot Noir. Sunny Mountain is a warm and dry 10-acre vineyard on the windy Rattlesnake Ridge, and so the 2007 vintage had ripened fully before the torrential rains of that fall. As a result, the wine shows rich plum and blackberry flavors without being either overripe or tight and underdeveloped, the two usual problems with the 2007 vintage in Oregon. It is ready to drink, excellent with lighter fare, in good supply, and $38.75.

2006 St. Innocent, Anden Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sad to say, this will be the last vintage of the St. Innocent Anden Vineyard Pinot Noir. Due to a change in ownership, St. Innocent is no longer able to buy any of the grapes from this wonderful vineyard. The wine itself needs little comment, since winemaker Mark Vlossak personally writes a full description of the vineyard, production methods, aging and food pairings right on every bottle of their single vineyard Pinots. We would add only that two to three years should find the wine at its top form, and that cassoulet is definitely the right food to match with it. St. Innocent has been making high quality wines since 1988, and we’ve found this to be one of their best Pinots ever. It was $44, and is completely sold out.