Thursday, October 14, 2004

Winecology: Adelsheim Vineyards - Pinot Noir 2002 Oregon

I had this wine over dinner the other night with family and loved it. Adelsheim Vineyards is in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. This is their Oregon Series wine made with grapes from multiple vineyards - 95% of which are estate farmed.

The wine's color was light purple and slightly opaque. It had powerful, delicious, earthy aromas that bordered on funky (I believe the experts call this gamey). I really enjoyed sniffing the wine for several minutes prior to tasting. Once in the mouth I enjoyed the delicate balance of roundness and bite from tannins. The flavors started with berries and faded to spice. The finish was as intense as the nose.

Rating - 9.0 out of 10
Price - $20

I've included a picture of the bottle label below (from the 2001 vintage), because you just don't find many wine labels with a painting of a half-naked woman. Adelsheim's website clarifies that this is a picture of Diana Lett, co-founder of Eyrie Vineyards. She is a Pinot Noir pioneer in Oregon and friend to the owners of Adelsheim. Good wine and paintings of nude friends!