Oregon Pinot in the City of Angels

Pinot in the City: Oregon's Willamette Valley to Los Angeles
Pinot in the City: Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Los Angeles


by Barnaby Hughes


It’s not every day that representatives of 65 Willamette Valley wineries leave Oregon, especially to come to Los Angeles. Besides distance (about 1,000 miles), Oregon wineries face stiff competition from California wineries, which tend to be older and larger and have better brand recognition. At “Pinot in the City,” a tasting event organized by the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, hundreds of Oregon winemakers and proprietors brought a selection of their finest wines to The Ebell of Los Angeles, an historic women’s club.

 

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Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir – Wine of the Week Review

Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir
Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post 2010 Hometown Pinot Noir

Price: $28

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Santa Barbara County, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.2 percent


Tasting Notes: “Sideways” the movie was a big boon to Santa Barbara wine country, and perhaps no one benefited from its success more than Gray Hartley and Frank Ostini of The Hitching Post II restaurant and winery. Despite total production having grown to 15,000 cases per year, Hitching Post wines are still not easy to find. The winery’s youngest Pinot Noir offering, the 2010 Hometown is sourced from vineyards in Los Alamos, Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills. It is a fresh and fruity wine featuring dark cherry flavors with a hint of spice. 


Food Pairings: Grilled artichokes, flat iron steak, smoked salmon


For more information, visit www.hitchingpost2.com/HPWinery.html

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Donelan 2011 “Two Brothers” Pinot Noir – Wine of the Week Review

Donelan 2011 "Two Brothers" Pinot Noir
Donelan 2011 “Two Brothers” Pinot Noir

Price: $55

Rating: 16/20

Region: North Coast, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Production: 900 cases

Alcohol: 14.4 percent


Tasting Notes: Made with Sonoma and Mendocino County grapes, the 2011 “Two Brothers” Pinot Noir is an elegant, medium-bodied wine. It boasts fruit-forward black cherry and raspberry flavors, notes of brown sugar and spice and silky tannins.


Food Pairings: Roast turkey, grilled chicken, duck, fresh salmon


For more information, visit www.donelanwines.com

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Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir – Wine of the Week Review

Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir
Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir

Price: $35

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Carneros, California

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: An elegant, medium-bodied wine, the Domaine Chandon 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir features aromas and flavors of damson plum, dark cherry and bright boysenberry. Silky tannins in the mouth are complemented by hints of tobacco and smoke.


Food Pairings: Grilled trout, smoked salmon, poultry


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