2018 Pinot Noir "Estate" (Illahe Vineyards)
Illahe Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2018100% Pinot Noir PINOT-LISCIOUS CHERRY, DRIED GOJI & FIG, SOFT VANILLA & TOBACCO Hailing from Mount Pisgah, Illahe’s Pinots are made from Burgundian clones with origins in Pommard and the Cotes de Nuits. On one hand, this offering is distinctly Pinot Noir. On the other, it is arguably distinctive enough to sidestep some of our expectations about the variety and what Oregon’s Willamette typically coaxes from it. For one, it’s more concentrated and deeper in color – more opaque, and while its fruit retains a cherryish dominance that is distinctly that of Pinot, an exotic, dried-fruit dustiness compliments its subtle oaken richness and herbaceous spice gorgeously. Indulge! Serving Suggestion: Roast duck w/ cranberry sauce & frites w/ duck gravy. Fried eggplant w/ raspberry vinaigrette & wild rice.