Monday, July 26, 2010

Blind Pinot Tasting – Picks Del Rio!

The Pinot American Brasserie, a soon to be opened (August 2nd) restaurant in Portland, has focused their wine list to highlight the best Pinot Noirs Oregon has to offer. In order to build their premier wine list the Brasserie teamed up with the Oregon Wine Brotherhood for a two-day blind tasting of 246 Oregon Pinot Noirs.
“We sent out a ‘Call for Pinot’ to all Oregon wineries in May, and were thrilled with the enthusiastic response,” says Bill King, Executive Chef/Partner of Pinot American Brasserie and longtime Brotherhood member. “The restaurant is honored to tap into the Brotherhood’s expertise, and bring some added excitement to our extensive Pinot Noir selection.”

The partnership turned out a 36 Pinot wine list and we are so very excited to announce our 2008 Del Rio Pinot Noir made the cut! We also are thrilled that the 2008 Chardonnay will be poured by the glass.

For more information on the new Pinot American Brasserie visit their website at

Here is a bit more on our 2008 Pinot Noir:
The vines that produced this high quality product are
grown in Block 7 of the vineyard. This is a wonderful site for Pinot Noir, consisting of predominately cobblestone soil allowing for excellent drainage. The 2008 harvest yielded 2.5 tons. This 100% Pinot Noir was aged for 12 months in 17% new French oak, 11% stainless steel, and 72% neutral oak. Fermented for 15 days on skins with 5 days of cold soak and malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in the barrel.

Tasting Notes:
This wine shows classic attributes of Pinot Noir from Burgundy with deep color, cherry, prune, blackberry, and vanilla aromas. The nose gives way to supple texture with violet flavors, impressive ripe tannins and a long finish.

To enjoy your own bottle of 2008 Del Rio Pinot Noir visit our online store today!

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