Please click on this link to see a most informative video about this wine which has been made by Ray McKee, red winemaker at Chateau Ste Michelle.
"Great wine can only come from Italy or California" was the misconception Chateau Ste Michelle’s founding fathers set out to prove wrong when they first broke ground and pioneered the Washington wine region, shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in the USA. They have certainly opened our eyes to some of the wonderful wines that Washington State has to offer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at their Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.
To read Chateau Ste Michelle's excellent tasting note and information on this wine please click on the blue link below.
ABV = 13.5%.
Ore Winery produces small batch wines from grapes sourced from some of Oregon’s top vineyards. Established in 2012 by Mike Wenrick, Ore Winery produced 400 bottles of Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir in our first year. Since production was so limited, great attention was given to the winemaking process. Ore wines are produced and bottled at the SE Wine Collective on SE Division Street in Portland, Oregon. Since 2012, Ore Winery has grown production steadily to around 300 cases per year. Mike’s winemaking philosophy is simple: start with a perfect ingredient, Oregon’s best wine grapes and honour the individuality of the grape throughout the winemaking process.
From the heart of Pinot Noir country. Maresh Vineyard is a historic and highly sought-after Oregon vineyard within the Dundee Hills AVA and Willamette Valley (an AVA being the US erquivalent of France's AOC/AOPs and Italy's DOCs and DOCGs), established by one of the first families to plant Pinot Noir in Oregon.
100% (Maresh Vineyard) Pinot Noir from a 1/3 acre, experimental block planted in 2000 just north of the historic vineyard with a mix of Dijon, Pommard and Wadenswil clones. It is tasting great now and will cellar well.
Clone: Pommard, Wadenswil, Dijon 115, 667 and 777.
Barrels/cooperage: French oak: 33% new, 33% young and 33% neutral.
Production: 90 cases (!!).
Fermentation: wild yeast fermentation.
The 2016 vintage is Mike's favourite wine made to date. It has an intense nose of savoury burnt herbs that gives way to a palate of crushed plum, rich mushroom earthiness and a super luscious tannin. Intriguing aromas of herb and tomato leaf in this Oregon Pinot Noir, followed by lovely, rich flavours of earth, mushroom and crushed plum.
ABV = 13.0%.