“Oregon is right now the single most exciting winemaking area in the United States.”
The New York Times
Exciting is definitely a word for it. And for Pinot Noir fans, Oregon’s premium Willamette Valley is THE place to go for exceptional quality and a similar haunting elegance that Burgundy fans prize so highly.
And because Oregon’s been enjoying a run of exceptional and bountiful vintages (of which 2015 has been hailed a roaring success, with Wine Spectator writing that it “could be the state’s most extraordinary vintage yet”), there’s never been a better time to explore – and taste – these wines.
Our expert on the ground, Clare Tooley, discovered this gem on her last visit – and after just a moment with it in her glass, she told us she knew it was perfect for our customers.
Named for the river that flows through the Willamette Valley, McKenzie River hails from a few top-sited vineyards in the southern part of the region.
If you’re lucky enough to secure a bottle or three for yourself, make sure you take a moment with it in your own glass. Like top-end Burgundy, it’s a very pretty, pale-ish ruby color, with enchanting perfumes of red and black cherry. The palate is pure silk, with vibrant, ripe red cherry and raspberry. The finish is long and speckled with spicy nuances. (Trust us you will want a second glass of this, especially if you’re enjoying it with crispy-skinned salmon or chicken thighs braised with wild mushrooms.)