And the winner is …

Erath Vineyard’s 2005 Pinot Noir Leland was the wine we drank with dinner last night. And it was everything we expected — complex, rich, powerful and elegant. Not surprisingly, Leland paired well with steak. Most Pinots would.

Once again I’m surprised — delighted is a better word — at how much Pinot Noirs have developed in the 10 years since we lived in Oregon. I don’t think such an excellent Pinot Noir such as Erath’s Leland would have been made back in those days.

The problem is that I now want to open Erath’s 2005 Pinot Noir Prince Hill. I don’t want to cellar it. In fact, I’d like to open it tonight. We are on holidays, after all. Hmmmm. What to do, what to do.


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Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

2 thoughts on “And the winner is …

  1. I’ve had a few Oregon Pinot Noirs but none except a 2004 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir were really memorable. Perhaps Oregon’s reputation for stellar Pinot’s has inflated my expectations or maybe I’ve just drunk really pedestrian Pinots. I know you are an Oregon Pinot fan and I think we have similar wine palates so could you suggest 3-5 wines? My wife and I have limited time this coming spring and summer and this would also help us taylor a trip to the Willamette Valley.

  2. Hi Bob,
    Thanks for your comment! I would definitely recommend going back to Domaine Drouhin. Hopefully you read my blog post about it:

    I also recommend Erath, of course, as both the Leland and Prince Hill Pinots are very good.

    Ponzi’s wine bar (on 7th and Highway 99 in Dundee) is a good experience too. Ponzi has always had good Pinots, although a bit pricey.

    Other wineries to consider visiting — although some require an appointment — are Beaux Freres, Ken Wright, Adelsheim, Cristom, McKinlay and Patricia Green.

    I hope this helps — I’d love to hear about your experience after you visit the Willamette Valley.

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