So, as I taste this Estate Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley; my in-laws are graciously treating the rest of the family to a beautiful trip to the Oregon Coast. Unfortunately, Katelyn has been put on a no-fly order by her doctor as we anxiously await the arrival of our little BABY BOY Harvey who is due in about a month… What does all of this mean for Katelyn and I? No trip to Willamette, Damnit.
Cardwell Hill is a small family-owned winery on the west side of Willamette Valley. In the glass, the wine shows a core of red rose petal that is accented by a surrounding copper edge. On the nose I get a bright cherry note with just a hint raspberry black tea. When I take my first drink, a quick swish illustrates why the nose is so bright! Bing cherries and red raspberries drive the flavor profile of this wine all while a velvety mouth-feel coats the tongue. The finish lingers with acidic notes that beg for smoked salmon or pork belly. This is a food friendly, classic Oregon Pinot that reminds me why I love this varietal from this region more and more with every sip.
2013 Cardwell Hill Cellars Estate Pinot Noir – Willamette OR