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When the wine for tonight’s #winechat on Oregon Wine didn’t show, we didn’t let that stop us.
Instead, we followed Plan B: I went into my sample stash and found a bottle of Hawks View Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir and Amy “The Crush” went to good old BevMo to discover the Erath Winery‘s 2012 Pinot Noir on sale for $16.99.
We were in business–the #ORwine business. Which left us with the question of food to pair with these pinots!
Marshall MoneyBags grilled us up a chicken breast with mushrooms, asparagus and basil pesto as well as a chunk of salmon with a simple salt and pepper sand lemon seasoning. We put together an arugula, beet, and goat cheese salad plus we had ham and asparagus, brie and blueberries and a very tasty french baguette.
Because of its youth, we decided to taste the 2012 Erath pinot noir first:
COLOR We found it to be a deep fuchsia sapphire color in the glass with violet on the rim.
NOSE is fresh red berries like strawberries, cranberries and huckleberries, raspberries and some white stone fruit too. On the palate, we found tart cherry, juicy fruit gum, and cocoa nibs on the finish. With an easy open Stelvin closure and 13.5% alcohol, this is a very versatile wine that went well with everything that we tried it with (well maybe not the asparagus unless you had a nice chunk of ham after it!) You might not expect it, but this wine went quite well with the earthy beet, goat cheese, and arugala salad.
I first met this wine at the Mutineer Magazine kick off party and have been pleased with it every time I’ve had the pleasure of meeting up with it. Amy on the other hand was just looking for a wine from Oregon and this was what she found at her price point. What a surprise–Bev-Mo definitely should offer more wines from Oregon.
In 2011, I drove by and admired the Erath Winery in the red, iron-rich Jory soils of the Dundee Hills, but didn’t get a chance to stop and in 2012 at the wine bloggers conferences I missed stopping there again! Next time I will definitely make time for a visit as Dick Erath is one of Oregon’s wine pioneers and known for his tenacious approach to Pinot. An engineer-turned-viticulturist, he first pursued garage winemaking in 1965. With his UCD coursework completed, in 1968, Erath settled with his family in an unheated logger’s cabin on 49 acres in the Dundee Hills area where he soon planted 23 varieties of grapes. By 1982, Erath was producing more than 10,000 cases, and 35,000 cases by 1987. In 2006, Chateau Ste Michelle bought Erath. This wine is easy to find, widely available, and a great choice for Easter Sunday ham dinner.
Wine number two was Hawks View Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir which I received as a sample after WBC13. I had attended a party there but when I arrived all of their pinot noir was gone so I was delighted to receive this as gift in the mail from April Yenning aka Sacred Drop.
Grown on the eastern edge of the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon, the vines for the Hawks View 2010 Pinot Noir were planted in 1991 on Laurelwood soils and sustainably farmed from day 1. In 2011, I stayed with a friend on their berry growing property on Chehalem Mountain, and now I wonder if we drove by these vines!
In the glass the Hawks View 2010 Pinot Noir is a tawny almost coral color and our overall we found the wine delightfully subtle and complex. On the nose it is fruity without being too perfumey and not that musky or earthy. It is rich with a classic strawberry flavor and creamy round palate with a smooth finish. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what we enjoyed most about this wine but we certainly do enjoy it! Amy “TC” got the plum and the cola right away but I feel that the cola is more like Dr. Pepper.
This wine was very versatile and we recommend it with roasted chicken, pork loin, and more rich flavors so it would pair well with Easter Sunday leg of lamb or ham. I loved it with my salmon and as salmon season us coming up, you might order a bottle to be ready for Copper River salmon time which is often right around Father’s Day.
At $38 a bottle, this award winning wine ( Double Gold Grand Award of Excellence, Oregon Wine Awards, May 2013, Gold Medal, Sunset International Wine Competition, May 2013, 93 points, Oregon’s 50 Best Wines, Portland Monthly, October 2012) rises to that special occasion and is a wine worth savoring over a lengthy meal or conversation with company. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels, less than 1000 cases of this unfiltered, un-fined pinot noir were produced which also makes it special.