Dick Erath was among the Oregon wine pioneers who planted French Burgundian grapes in the Willamette Valley in the 1960s. It was on the 45th parallel — the same as wine regions in France and Italy.
Today Oregon pinot noir wines compare favorably to those in France, showcasing more terroir and less fruit-forward flavors than their California cousins.
The 2014 vintage featured record heat, which brought a very early harvest and higher than average yields. The result is a rustic and earthy wine with reserved fruit flavors and elements of toasted oak.
Sherry: “Medium-dry with tart cherry fruit and clove on the finish.” (3.25 stars out of 5)
Chris: “An earthy bouquet with black cherry flavor and pleasantly long tannins.” (3.75 stars out of 5)
Available from $15 to $18.
Coming next week: St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel