2015 Trisaetum Winery, Coast Range Estate, Pinot Noir, $49
Winery Info: Founded by James and Andrea Frey in 2003 when they purchased their first vineyard site and moved their family to Oregon. They now have three estate vineyards, located in Yamhill-Carlton, Dundee Hills, and Ribbon Ridge, all of which are unirrigated and sustainably farmed. They produce small lots of Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay at their winery, located on their Ribbon Ridge vineyard.
Winemaker: James Frey
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, from Pommard, Wädenswil, and Dijon 777, 114, and 115 clones. Aged in 100% French oak, a mixture of new and neutral
Vineyard: Their Coast Range Estate vineyard on the southwest boundary of the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the foothills of the Coast Range. With 45 million year old sedimentary rock and volcanic basalt soils.
Flavor profile: The Coast Range vineyard tends to produce earthy, savory Pinots with great depth and complexity and this one is true to form. It is aromatic and softly textured with flavors of juicy red cherries, baking spice, coffee bean, and a nice hint of forest floor. A very elegant and balanced Pinot.
Production: 428 cases produced.
Drinkability: Declicious now, or enjoy anytime up to around 2025.
Food Pairing: Perfect for salmon, of course, or it would also be great with roasted vegetables.
2016 Ruby Vineyard and Winery, Laurelwood Pinot Noir, $38
Winery Info: The first vines in what is now Ruby Vineyard were planted in 1973 with original cuttings from David Lett (“Papa Pinot”) of Eyrie Vineyard. These are now some of the oldest Pinot Noir plantings in Oregon. Further plantings were done by Bill Beran, who established Beran Vineyards on the property. In 2012 Steve Hendricks and Flora Habibi purchased the winery and renamed it Ruby. Winemaker Andrew Kirkland recently visited the shop to introduce us to his wines and we were very impressed!
Winemaker: Andrew Kirkland
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, a mix of Dijon 115, 828, and 777 and Pommard clones. Aged ten months in French oak barrels, 10% new.
Vineyard: Their estate vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, situated at 400 feet elevation with Laurelwood soils. Originally planted in the 1970s.
Flavor profile: Their intent with this wine is to express the unique characteristics that come from the Laurelwood soil. The warm 2016 vintage produced a beautiful Pinot with dusty aromas of cherry, spice, and peppercorns, and elegant red fruit flavors.
Production: 950 cases. It is still in decent supply at this point.
Drinkability: Delicious now, but it will continue to develop over the next ten years.
Food Pairing: They suggest pairing it with traditional Chinese food, especially Cantonese with some spice. Or perhaps merguez sausage with truffles.