2014 Antica Terra, Angelicall Rosé, $55.75
Winery info: A small winery with its estate vineyard planted on ancient seabed soils in the Eola-Amity Hills. Co-owner and winemaker Maggie Harrison spent eight years at California’s exclusive Sine Qua Non before she was lured north by the potential of this vineyard site with its unique geology. (This wine was originally nearly $100 a bottle but we got an amazing deal on it and were able to put it in the club.)
Winemaker: Maggie Harrison
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir. As the winery states, this is not a Rosé in the conventional sense, nor is it technically a red or a white. The juice is left on its skins a little over a week and, just before it becomes red wine, is siphoned into barrels to finish fermenting. It is aged on the lees for a year before bottling.
Vineyard source: An 11-acre site, planted in 1989, located on a rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills. The soil is a mix of sandstone and fossilized shells from a prehistoric seabed. (Antica Terra is Latin for “old earth.”)
Flavor profile: Absolutely stunning. It is medium-bodied with amazingly complex aromas of red fruit and exotic spice.
Production/Availability: Only 210 cases produced and the distributor is nearly out of it now.
Drinkability: Drinking beautifully now.
Food Pairing: This would be perfect with an upcoming holiday meal, whatever your feast of choice is.
2014 Domaine Drouhin, Roserock Pinot Noir, $32
Winery info: A project begun by Domaine Drouhin, the Oregon estate established by the Burgundian producer, Maison Joseph Drouhin, in 1987. Their motto is “French soul, Oregon soil.” Their daughter Véronique Drouhin-Boss has been the head winemaker since the first vintage in 1988 and crafts the Roserock wines as well. She has been recognized for producing wines of superb balance and elegance.
Winemaker: Véronique Drouhin-Boss
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir. This wine is a selection from the estate’s 35 blocks, handpicked and individually fermented.
Vineyard source: Roserock Vineyard, at the southern tip of the Eola-Amity Hills. Planted on ancient volcanic soils with ideal elevation range and cooled by the winds coming through the Van Duzer Corridor, the site produces classic cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Flavor profile: Eola-Amity Pinots are typically known for their structure and power, but in this wine Véronique emphasizes the elegance and refined qualities of the vineyard. It is silky textured, with subtle floral and spice notes, beautiful fruit, and a touch of savory earthiness
Production/Availability: They produced quite a bit of this wine, so it should be in good supply for a while.
Drinkability: Lovely now, or over the next six to eight years (through 2025)
Food Pairing: Grilled salmon, herb-roasted chicken, pork, or wild mushroom dishes.