The Weekend before the Holiday Weekend

Its always fun to go to my favorite wineries and take advantage of the good food and new wines especially before the holiday, in this case, Memorial Day. Saturday consisted of my usual suspects, Adelsheim Vineyards, SOTER Vineyards and Trisaetum Winery. These three (and many others) are producing some of the best wines in the valley.

Adelsheim was tasting their traditional Auxerrois, Elizabeth’s Reserve and the flagship Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009. The latter, my favorite of the day was spicy and long and seemed to lack nothing, unlike previous bottling’s of the WV. Though not a single vineyard offering, it is sensational and should not be missed.

Tony and Michelle SOTER had their annual release party with lots of goodies and wines. Along with their regular offering of North Valley Pinot and the 2008 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot (a dollop of the fantastic Brut Rose of course) they had a new bottling just called “Mineral Springs” Pinot. It’s the best of the best barrels from vineyard and it’s Oh So Good! Long on the finish, a fresh and tasty mouth feel, good fruit and great cellar potential. Its’ very expensive, retailing at about $85 and wont be available to the public until later this year. Even then it’s not a sure thing that I can get my hands on any. We’ll see in September. By the way, Tony and Michelle are the most gracious hosts and I cannot say enough good things about them and their wines.

Trisaetum, another great (and young) winery was tasting their two Rieslings, Artist series No.10 Pinot Noir, Trisae Pinot Noir Rose and some barrel samples of the 2010 vintage Pinot Noir Reserve. These guys are doing some great things with their estate grapes. The fruit from these vineyards is fantastic and considering that some the vines are only 5 -7 years old, it’s magical what is going into the bottle. You don’t normally see this kind of quality for several more years, Salute! ♠ jp

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