Willamette Valley Standout
We Give Left Coast Wines The Patio Test
The wine is further tweaked by using two different clones for each of the grape varieties. The Orchard Vineyard is planted at the site of a historic apple and pear orchard dating back to the pioneers who settled Oregon.
Summer around our house means plenty of rosé. We paired the 2017 Rosé with a grilled citrus shrimp and rice entree along with watermelon and corn on the cob. We just finished setting the table on the patio when the sky started to darken with billowing clouds. Into the house we went, just missing the downpour.
At the dining room table we started our feast with this unique rosé. The blend is 54% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier (a traditional grape for Champagne) and 6% Pinot Blanc. Add four months of aging in neutral oak and you have a very unique wine.
Unlike a typical rose that is fashioned in the Provence style, the Left Coast version has notes of spice and cherry. The color is pink bordering on copper. It's a unique take on rose that dances to its own piper. It is expressive and a perfect pairing for a myriad of foods.
Only 827 cases were produced. SRP is $24.
Unraveling The Mystery Of White Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir has 9% Pinot Blanc, a white grape. It’s also fermented in stainless steel. So in many ways, this is a red wine made in a white wine style. The fruit is crushed at extremely cold temperatures to ensure minimal coloration from the skins. The color is that of light straw.
The aroma is peach and citrus. On the palate, the initial sensation is of a white wine, with pear and minerality. For me, the wine then had an extended mid-palate of cherry and the body weight of a red. The finish was again in line with a white wine.
Left Coast White Pinot Noir needs to be experienced to be fully understood. Salmon, a tried-and-true pairing for Pinot Noir, would be a good match as well as vegetables or chicken with light seasoning. Stay away from pork or heavier sauces -- there is a delicacy here you don’t want to obscure.
This is a unique and winning wine. SRP is $24.
Left Coast Cellars continues to intrigue with their well-crafted wines. If you are stuck on the Right Coast, North Coast or somewhere else, take the trip. The destination is delicious.
Full disclosure: We received these wines as a marketing sample.