2011 Teutonic Wine Company, Pinot Noir Adams Vineyard $48
Winery info: Teutonic Wine Company owners Barnaby and Olga Tuttle are passionate about cool-climate, Old World style wines and focus on producing lean, refreshing wines, that are low in alcohol and food friendly. Right now they are in the process of building a new winery and tasting room in southeast Portland.
Winemaker: Barnaby Tuttle
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard source: Adams Vineyard, a “low impact,” non-irrigated vineyard site in the Chehalem Mountains with Jory and Nekia soil. From a block planted in 1995. This is the first time the Tuttles have worked with Adams fruit and, they say, probably the only time. It is a warmer site but with 2011 being such a cool year, the fruit was perfect for their style that vintage.
Flavor profile: A bit more lush and fruity in style than is typical for Teutonic wines, with a nice bit of depth and soft spice. But, like all of their wines, it is low in alcohol (12%), with excellent minerality.
Production/Availability: 93 cases
Drinkability: Anytime over the next three to five years.
Food Pairing: Excellent with chicken, pork, and lighter meat dishes, or perhaps a mushroom risotto.
2012 Tendril Wine Cellars, Chardonnay $39.75
Winery info: Founded in 2008 by Tony Rynders and his wife, Diane Simpson. Tony was head winemaker at Domaine Serene for ten years, during which time both he and the winery garnered much national acclaim.
Winemaker: Tony Rynders
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay, aged 15 months in French oak, 30% of which was new.
Vineyard source: 62% Yamhill-Carlton AVA, 38% Chehalem Mountains AVA
Flavor profile: Rich and aromatic, balanced by delicate minerality and freshness. With a long, lovely finish.
Production/Availability: 179 cases made.
Drinkability: This wine is utterly delicious now, but has long aging potential if you care to wait.
Food Pairing: Lobster would be fabulous with this wine.