2018 Meredith Mitchell Vineyard Pinot noir
Red cherries, raspberries, and brambly blackberries immediately jump from the glass followed by notes of clove, mesquite, and wet cedar. On the palate the wine shows cherry liqueur, marionberry, earthy wet loam and a hint of tarragon. With nice weight and texture, this wine is both approachable while hinting at its history for aging potential.
Selections: 100% Pommard
Best Paired with: The first grill out of the season: simple yet delicious lamb burgers with fresh spring asparagus.
2018 Dundee Hills Vineyards Pinot noir
The color is a dense and penetrating blackberry, and the aromatics practically burst from the glass. There’s a beautiful tension between rustic dry grass and forest floor with warm notes of cinnamon and allspice. The palate teems with spices and fruit: Amarena cherries, bay leaf and hints of fruit leather are reined in by wet stone, Italian plums and a hint of lime zest. The wine is structured but approachable and while there is ample potential in the cellar, it is so tasty now, it might not make it there..
AVA: Dundee Hills
Vineyards: 70% Weber; 25% Murto; 5% Winderlea
Best Paired with: Hummus and pita chips with the weekly Friday night episode of Severance.
2017 Winderlea Chardonnay
The 2017 Chardonnay displays all the nuance we celebrate in a cooler, more restrained vintage. The nose is abundant and yellow pear and toasted almond mix with lime zest and plumeria, which both transition to the palate. Flavors of stone fruit and blood orange add breadth while marzipan and a hint of rosemary add depth to this well-structured and balanced beauty.
AVA: Willamette Valley
Selections: Dijon 76, 95 & 96, Clone 108
Best Paired with: Lemon ricotta pasta and dinner alfresco.