J.’s parents were nice enough to invite us along for a whole day of wine tasting with good family friends. They scheduled a whole, wonderful day for us. It was incredibly nice and generous of them to include us in this classy affair. We drove just a few minutes outside of Portland to Dundee and visited five different wineries
It was an early start to the day and it was barely 11:00 a.m. by the time we arrived at Domaine Drouhin. But we weren’t the only ones who had gotten an early start on the day. They had three wines to taste the 2007 Chardonnay Arthur, the 2007 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley and the 2006 Pinot Noir Laurene. In case I haven’t mentioned, Oregon is the land of pinots and we had more than our fair share during this trip. I wasn’t that into the Chardonnay here – perhaps it was the cold weather or perhaps it was the fact that it was half aged in oak barrels and half aged in steel tanks. But both the pinots were lovely.
I was most looking forward to Archery Summit. I had heard good things – it has been named one of Oregon’s best pinots and has even been served at the White House. Plus, it got the thumbs up from some of our other wine drinking friends, Teresa and Brooks. And it did not disappoint. As part of this special tasting weekend for club members (thanks again, Gerry and Margo!) the tasting was set up to take us through the cellars.
Glasses ready for tasting
We even had a celebrity sighting, Matt Roloff and his son Jeremy were there apparently selling art. I was too busy trying to act like I didn’t notice to actually pay attention to anything.
Along with the beautiful tour of the winery we tasted, the 2007 Renegade Ridge Estate, the 2007 Arcus Estate, the 2007 Looney Vineyard, the 2007 Red Hill Estate and the 2007 Archery Summit Estate – pinots all. The 207 Looney Vineyard was one of my favorites of the day. J. and I probably would have walked away with a bottle if it wasn’t nearly twice our budget.
Tasting notes: This wine opens with a profusion of black plum, blackberry and red current. The spice box (love that!) and rosewood here along with a lift of lilac and grape confection reminiscent of purple saltwater taffy. Here blue raspberry meet pluot with vanilla bean and cherry skin juiciness. The finish resonates with texture and confection.
All in all, yummy.
Next up, Domaine Serene which was French from start to finish. Much like Archery Summit, the tour took us through the whole winery. Here, I tired the 2007 Clos Du Soleil Chardonnay along with the 2008 Fleur de Lis Pinot Noir and the 2008 Cote Sud Pinot Noir, straight from the barrel. Because of that they were a little harsh but with a little more time in the barrel both will be delicious. I was particularly taken with the Cote Sud, mostly because I thought was “stud.” How can you not love a wine named Stud?
Domaine Serene won “best food of the day” - stuffed potatoes, mushroom tartes and enough cheese to make even me happy.
Yum - stuffed potatoes
Me and Mr. P getting serious about the wine
Our lunch table
Then it was off the Red Ridge Farms. Which is mostly know for olive oil but given the area, they, of course were offering wine tasting as well. I skipped the wine and was ready for a nap but the farm was really beautiful.
Pumpkins on the farm
It was a long and wonderful day. I’ve certainly expanded my wine horizons. What are your favorite wines? Do you have a winery that you like to go taste at?