Saturday, November 7, 2020

Megan Anne 2016 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Megan Anne Pinot Noir 2016, Willamette ValleyThis Pinot Noir was the clear winner on Election Day.

The Votes Are In

For one of the most-anticipated elections in our lifetime, we decided to uncork a bottle of Pinot Noir. As I opened the bottle and shared a photo with a friend, I was a bit confused.

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I clearly remember buying the bottle in a Walla Walla, Washington, tasting room. Yet, the appellation was plainly Willamette Valley, Oregon.

For a few minutes my thoughts were as jumbled as the election returns. Then clarity prevailed.

The wine is from the Megan Anne Cellars, which is part of the Mark Ryan Winery family. My friend – the Cabernetor – and I had stopped into the Mark Ryan tasting room in downtown Walla Walla a couple years ago.

The tasting room, in addition to serving up spectacular wine, is quirky and cool. The tasting room highlights the owner’s love of motorcycles. While the Washington reds were certainly standouts, it was the Pinot Noir that got my attention. Megan Anne is a project focused on Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and bottles are available at Mark Ryan tasting rooms.

And The Winner Is

It took much less time for us to declare a winner than some of the battleground states. While the broadcasters earnest tapped away on their maps displaying the votes for 2020 and 2016 and drilled into county results ad nauseum, my wife and I merrily clinked our glasses. There’s nothing quite like a glass of great Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.

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The first vintage for Megan Anne Cellars was released in 2016. During my last visit to Walla Walla, I had been tasting Washington wine for about a week. I guess I was ready for a change of pace. And so the Pinot Noir from Oregon made its way home to North Carolina via Washington State.

This is full-bodied for a Pinot Noir. It opens with rich black cherry and boysenberry notes. The fruit dominates the forepalate and there follows earthy and savory flavors. The texture is opulent. The finish? Well it is long – but not quite as long as the ballot counting to determine our new US president.

The current vintage of this wine is 2018 with an SRP of $30. This is a limited production wine that deserves a spot on your ticket.

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