Maybe those are the Four Graces. I’m not quite up on my religious mythology, but I do know that The Four Graces Winery in the Willamette Valley region of Oregon shares the winemaking talents of Laurent Montalieu with Solena Estate. You can read more about that HERE and HERE, but to refresh your memory, Laurent hails from Bordeaux, which is not exactly known for it’s Pinot Noir making prowess. Enter Laurnet, who shook things up and moved to Oregon to make Pinot Noir, and a star was born.
Since I know that I adore Solena’s vineyard selection Pinot Noirs, as well as their blends and Pinot Gris, I was exited to receive this bottle of Four Graces in my sample bin. Last night, I sat down to taste it. Ok drink it.
The 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is subtle, and a bit muted in the glass. It has a lot of Oregon terroir, what I consider it anyway, and tastes of sticks and earth, with mushroom undertones. It’s a smoothly elegant wine, with well integrated oak that adds class and doesn’t take away from the dark red fruit of the wine. The longer this wine sits in the glass, the juicer the red berries in it become. Tons of strawberry, raspberry and bright red cherry fruit are layered with cinnamon, wood smoke, and even a touch of rhubarb pie. This wine is really growing on me as an example of Oregon Pinot that is easily approachable. For $29, I’d definitely BUY this as a great entry point example to Oregon wine. the soft corners make it approachable and plush. the low 13.75 ABV make it easy to sip the whole bottle!
If you’re looking to learn about Oregon Pinot Noir, I’d try to find this wine as one of your educational experiments. It’s just a ncie sipper for after work, before dinner, or relaxing at a picnic.
The Grace-ful people at The four Graces generously sent me this wine to sample. I’m glad they did because the bottle is almost empty!