Cellar Club April 2018
April 2018 Cellar Club
Wines from Oregon
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March Mayhem Cheese & Wine Sale
ending Sunday April 1st!
The Willamette Valley, Oregon's leading wine region, has two-thirds of the state's wineries and vineyards and is home to more than 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world.
Overall, the climate boasts a long, gentle growing season - warm summers with cool evenings; bursts of Indian summer into fall; mild winters followed by long springs. In ideal years the maritime climate provides the best conditions possible for growing the cool-climate grape variety for which Oregon is best known: Pinot noir.
By this measure the Willamette Valley compares favorably with the Burgundy and Alsace regions of France. Wineries also produce Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and some Syrah, Cabernet, and Merlot among other varieties.
Wine Pick #1:
2016 Montinore Pinot Gris
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Seven different vineyard blocks on Montinore's home vineyard contribute to this wine's complexity, texture, and character. The 2016 Pinot Gris is a lovely example of the great balance that can be achieved in the Northern Willamette Valley with this variety. The wine emerges with aromatics of pear, Meyer lemon zest and fresh mint. It finishes with stony minerality and white pepper, with lush and rich texture.
Wine Pick #2:
Straight Shooter Pinot Noir
2016 Maison L'Envoye
Eola-Amity Hills and McMinnville
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Hand-picked, unadulterated Pinot Noir from pristine vineyard blocks across Willamette Valley. The whole cluster component accentuates the intense aromatics of dark cherry and blue fruits alongside subtle earth and elegant floral notes. The palate mirrors the nose and is full of freshness with a touch of oak for texture and balance. Vibrant acidity and soft tannins support the flavors through a long, satisfying finish.
Along with your 2 bottles of wine
you will be receiving:
Aged Goat Cheese "Crottin"
An American line of French-style ripened goat cheeses wouldn't be complete without a small Bijou-like Crottin. Bijou is French for "jewel" and epitomizes all that is special about goats' milk and the making and caring for a small cheese. This cheese has a unique sweet and yeasty flavor.
Made with fresh pasteurized goats' milk from family farms, Bijou curd coagulates overnight, drains in cheese cloth and is then shaped into little buttons. Dried, and ripened for one week, Bijou evolves with time, gaining a sharpness and complexity after thirty days. Serve toasted on baguette with a salad for a traditional French Bistro Chevre Chaud or on a cheeseboard.
A perfect pairing for both wine selections and our delicious recipe of the month:
Vermont Creamery's Toasted Bijou Salad